Truma Launches VeGA Fuel Cell for Caravans and Motorhomes

23 Aug 2012

Truma VeGA

Caravan and motorhome appliance supplier Truma is launching its eagerly-awaited fuel cell system at the Caravan Salon 2012 show in Düsseldorf from 25 August to 2 September. The VeGA fuel cell system guarantees a permanent, self-sufficient power supply completely independent of mains electricity. It runs on liquid gas (propane and/or butane), both readily available and inexpensive.

The VeGA meets the same high standards of all Truma products. “We have tested the system intensively for several years and have carried out extensive field tests with around 200 devices both internally and also in cooperation with end customers and vehicle manufacturers,” explains Andreas Schiegl, head of the fuel cell system product centre at Truma. “Also, TÜV Süd has tested and certified the product and the entire manufacturing process.”  

With a maximum output of 250 W (6,000 Wh per day), the VeGA keeps the battery charged to cover the auxiliary power demand on the vehicle – sufficient to have several appliances such as a TV, fridge, lights or heater operating simultaneously. A standard 11 kg gas cylinder is sufficient for the fuel cell to produce 28 kWh of energy, enough for several days to weeks depending on energy consumption rate.

The fuel cell system works automatically and can run round the clock. Once the supply battery undercuts a certain charging level, the VeGA is automatically activated and charges the battery with approximately 20 A. The higher charging current and the optimised battery charging technology ensure that the charging process is short and efficient. Once the batteries are charged, the VeGA returns to the stand-by mode. Alternatively, the fuel cell system can also be operated manually. A colour touch screen displays all the relevant data, such as operating mode, battery voltage, charging current or service intervals.

Visitors to the Caravan Salon can find out more about the product in an interactive show at the Truma stand in hall 13/C31 and can also place orders. All orders received at the Truma exhibition stand will be given preferential treatment. Also, these VeGA customers will profit from an enhanced range of services. The fuel cell system is installed in the Truma service workshop in Putzbrunn or by authorised Truma dealers across Europe.

Source: Truma

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