Acumentrics Exhibits New Fuel Cell Powered Home Energy Appliance
Acumentrics Corporation garnered much attention when they exhibited a new, fuel cell powered, home energy appliance at the 2007 Hannover Fair in Germany. Their micro-CHP (combined heat and power) generates heat and electricity directly from municipal gas or propane.
The Acumentrics 'AHEAD' micro-CHP provides enough electricity to power the average home, with peaks being handled by the grid or batteries. Electricity is created electrochemically in an array of solid-state tubes. Extra electricity can be metered back to the grid. No hydrogen is required; it operates directly from propane or natural gas.
The AHEAD micro-CHP also contains a state-of-the-art hydronic boiler capable of supplying the heating needs of an average home. The hydronic system efficiently captures the excess energy from the hot fuel cells, and supplements peak thermal loads with a clean, high-efficiency burner. CO2 emissions are significantly reduced due to high overall conversion efficiencies, as compared to conventional technologies.
'Our micro-CHP can truly bring modern, efficient technology to the home,' said Vikram Varma, Acumentrics' Director of Business Development. 'Our ability to run directly off of municipal fuels truly increases our value proposition, since hydrogen is very expensive today.'
To date the Company has shipped 30 pre-commercial fuel cell power generators for field trials. Acumentrics' fast-starting, tubular, solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems are:
* Able to start and stop quickly
* Highly efficient
* Fuel flexible
* Tolerant of repeated thermal cycling
* Designed to be inexpensively manufactured, with no high-cost catalysts or exotic materials
Acumentrics is a leading developer of solid oxide fuel cell products in the 250 W - 10 kW range. Acumentrics' durable, patented, tubular, solid oxide fuel cell generation uses in-situ reformation to run directly from natural gas, propane and other hydrocarbon fuels at standard delivery pressures.
Acumentrics also manufactures a line of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)
for power conversion, quality, and backup. Their Rugged UPS products can be
deployed in harsh physical and electrical environments including heat, cold,
rain, dust, and blowing sand. The Rugged UPS is used extensively in various
military and heavy-duty industrial applications.
Contact: Gary Allen, Director of Sales +1 (613) 483-4157
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