FutureE Provides Jupiter Fuel Cells to China Mobile

13 Aug 2012

FutureE for China MobileFutureE Fuel Cell Solutions GmbH has begun deploying its Jupiter fuel cell products for China Mobile Ltd, the largest mobile network operator in the world. This follows the successful launch of FutureE’s fuel cell solutions in China, with an installation for SGCC (State Grid Corporation of China) in May 2012. The new fuel cell is functioning as an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) at a key China Mobile remote base station location.

China Mobile has over 680 million subscribers and a 70% share of the Chinese market, with a service area covering 100% of the national territory. The network operator has committed to energy saving and emissions reduction, and is pursuing a corporate ‘Green Action Plan’. In addition to the environmental advantages, FutureE’s Sales Director Andreas Stadlinger says that the replacement of traditional battery and diesel UPS by fuel cell technology will prove to have significant operational and cost advantages for mobile communications in China.

Grid disturbances and mains failures are a problem Chinese network operators are often confronted with and a backup power supply with extended runtime is crucial. The Jupiter system has a maximum output power of 5 kW and provides a direct voltage of 48 VDC. Due to the modular design, it is easily expandable. Operationally simple and requiring minimal maintenance, the fuel cell is suitable for use in remote locations and under extreme topographic and climatic conditions.

Supported by FutureE, implementation of further fuel cell UPS at sites in other provinces and for other end-users is already well under way.

Reference: FutureE

Photo of the Jupiter system for China Mobile courtesy of FutureE

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