Protonex Launches Early Access Program for Propane Fuel Cell Remote Power System

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The P200i delivers remote power more reliably, efficiently, and cost effectively

P200i Fuel Cell

“Protonex is excited to add the P200i to its growing line of high performance and reliable power products"

Protonex announces early access availability of its P200i Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) based portable power system for remote power applications. The Early Access Program (EAP) permits early adopters and integrators to use the system in their most challenging environments, giving them a significant time advantage in implementing the low-emissions, low operating expense remote power solution.

The P200i quietly, cleanly and efficiently converts propane directly into electrical power. With a system weight of less than 20kg (44 lbs), remote start capability, and low acoustics and exhaust emissions, the portable SOFC system effectively meets off-grid and emergency power needs outside the scope of current power generation technologies. Additionally, with its ability to idle for months or years with virtually no degradation, and with maintenance intervals in excess of 2,000 operating hours, the P200i is ideal for use in remote applications where regular access is limited, and traditional generators are too costly to maintain and operate. The initial target markets are in industrial remote power applications, particularly in cold weather sites with short days, where solar panels are ineffective.

Fuel cells have tremendous market potential due to their direct production of electricity – similar to a generator, except using a chemical reaction to generate electricity, rather than using an internal combustion engine to spin a generator coil. SOFC fuel cells are particularly valuable for remote power applications because they operate on common fuels such as propane, diesel or natural gas – more readily available and affordable than the compressed hydrogen or methanol-water blend required by other fuel cell varieties.

“Protonex is excited to add the P200i to its growing line of high performance and reliable power products,” noted Protonex’ CEO Paul Osenar. “While the industry has seen penetration of solid oxide fuel cell products in the stationary grid-tied markets, a durable, reliable off-grid SOFC portable product has not been available until now.”

The P200i has undergone extensive qualification testing, including vibration, drop, and extreme high and low temperature testing. The P200i includes advanced features, such as integrated Internet monitoring and control to permit easy remote operation with a simple web interface; temperature compensated battery charging to assure safe and reliable battery performance in all weather; and a load-following capability that permits the system to operate reliably and efficiently over a wide variety of load conditions. A 2,500 operational-hour sulfur filter and outdoor-ready enclosure come standard, with custom packaging available. Parties interested in participating in the early access program should contact Sirius Integrators (http://www.propane-fuelcell.com), the North American distributor of the P200i. Additional details about the P200i can be found at http://www.protonex.com/products/P200i.

The P200i will be generally available to non-EAP participants starting August 1, 2015.

Protonex is a leading supplier of rugged and reliable portable power generation and power management products. The company has made the Inc. 5000 list for two consecutive years as one of the fastest growing small businesses in the US. The P200i is the first SOFC product to be released by Protonex, joining its extensive family of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems for robotics, UAS/UAV systems, and sea-based power. For more information, please visit http://www.protonex.com.

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