Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies (HFCT) has launched the world’s lightest and most compact reformer based fuel cell system. Enabled by the company’s low-cost methanol reformer technology, the MFC Mini opens new commercial possibilities so far unpractical for any type of fuel cell system.
They key advantage of the MFC Mini stems from the high energy density and low-cost nature of its fuel, which blends an industrial methanol and water. The energy density of the fuel mixture is over 1,000Wh per kg, around ten times the energy density of lithium batteries.
This new fuel cell enabled power system enables extremely long field autonomy for small 12V DC equipment used in industrial settings, and opens possibilities for cost-effective, reliable power in remote un-electrified areas. This could be particularly valuable in locations where typical generator fuels aren’t readily available, but where bio-methanol could be produced locally from biomass.
Weighing less than 9kg, the fully integrated DC power system is an easy choice for backing up or optimising small format solar systems, as well as providing attractive endurance capability for systems requiring frequent battery changes to sustain continuous operations.
Unlike small generators, the MFC Mini is quiet and can be operated indoors. Since it supplies direct DC power via the integrated fuel cell, it is also much more efficient than generators. The environmental benefits of such systems are enormous, while enabling significant operational cost savings. The MFC Mini offers up to 100W continuous power.
Initial applications for the MFC Mini are off-grid security and environmental monitoring for industrial customers.
ST Staff Writers
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.