Hurricane Sandy reinforced backup power as a critical driver of
resilience in wireless telecom networks
VANCOUVER, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)(TSX: BLD) this week sponsored a webinar event entitled "Hurricane Sandy and Commercially Tested Fuel Cell Backup Power
Solutions". The webinar featured presentations by two experts on the topic: Kyla
Reid, Head of the Disaster Response Programme at GSMA; and Lennox
McCartney, President of Precision Power and Air Bahamas.
The event was hosted by Eric Denhoff, CEO of the Canadian Hydrogen and
Fuel Cell Association and was well attended by participants from
telecom service providers, suppliers and public sector organizations.
The webinar audio and presentation materials may be accessed at www.ballard.com.
"Backup power is a critical component for improving communication
network resilience in disaster situations," said Kyla Reid. "Our GSMA
program involves working with telecom network operators to establish
best practices regarding adequate backup power supply, and fuel cells
are certainly one of the enabling technologies."
In her presentation regarding the impact of disaster situations on
communication networks, Ms. Reid noted that an estimated 32.4 million
people were displaced by natural disasters in 2012 alone. She provided
specific examples from extreme situations in Japan, Haiti and Chile,
Lennox McCartney then presented a case study based on the impact of
Hurricane Sandy in the Bahamas, where fuel cell generators proved 100%
reliable in providing backup power to the mobile telecom network when
residents needed it most. A total of 17 fuel cell backup power systems
provided 700 hours of power over a 7-day period during and after the
storm, producing more than 1,200 kilowatt-hours of electricity.
Mr. McCartney noted, "The fuel cell backup power generators installed in
the Bahamas all functioned automatically and reliably as needed when
the grid was knocked out during Hurricane Sandy last October. Some
systems provided power for more than five days. The Bahamas
Telecommunications Company was very pleased with the performance of
these systems and has since placed additional orders."
The fuel cell backup power generators installed in the Bahamas are
Ballard ElectraGen™-ME systems. These systems are particularly well
suited for 'extended duration runtime' backup power needs.
ElectraGen™-ME systems are designed for high reliability, long life and
minimal maintenance and include a fuel reformer that converts
HydroPlus™ (a methanol-water liquid fuel mixture) into hydrogen gas to
power the fuel cell.
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