Bend, Oregon, USA, February 22, 2011 – Element One, LLC, (E1) an alternative energy company headquartered in Bend, Oregon, USA announces that it will present its new line of Pegasus Hydrogen Generators at the 7th International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell EXPO in Tokyo, March 2-4. Exhibiting at the FC Expo will coincide with the release of the first shipments of the new, low-cost Pegasus line Hydrogen Generators to E1 customers.
Back-up power for the wireless telecom industry is a primary target market for E1 hydrogen generators. The Pegasus line will pave the way for accelerated sales by fuel cell manufacturers and systems integrators who currently may encounter price resistance for their fuel cell systems due to the high cost of supplying compressed hydrogen.
The Pegasus Me-10, Me-25, and Me-50 Hydrogen Generators (fuel reformers) convert liquid methanol and water fuel into purified hydrogen gas to power PEM fuel cells. Proprietary technology achieves unprecedented cost reduction and delivers the peak performance required of today’s advanced commercial fuel cell systems. They are designed to support the requirements of 1 kW, 2.5 kW, and 5 kW PEM fuel cell systems, providing a range of hydrogen output from 13 NLm to 65 NLm. All models offer the same user-friendly controller interface and are packaged for mounting into a standard 19-inch rack allowing the customer to complete final packaging with their unique product identification.
Commenting on the Pegasus Product Release, Dave Edlund, CEO of E1 said: “Over the last six months E1 has been focused on setting up manufacturing for the Pegasus product line. We are excited about both commencing deliveries to our existing customers, and showcasing our products on the world stage of FC Expo. E1’s products fill a significant need for a source of low-cost hydrogen for fuel cells providing back up power for the wireless telecom industry.”
Traditionally, compressed hydrogen cylinders have supplied the hydrogen necessary for the fuel cell to produce electricity. Hydrogen cylinders are bulky and heavy thus require a large site for storage, and additional manpower to move, maintain and resupply. Thus, using compressed hydrogen is not economically viable or practical for many back-up power applications.
Despite this operating expense hurdle, the adoption of fuel cell back-up power systems has significantly increased over the last couple of years. This has magnified an already pent-up demand for an alternative to using compressed hydrogen in the wireless arena. E1’s Pegasus line of hydrogen generators have proven themselves to be both reliable and cost effective, and will expand the market opportunities for fuel cell companies targeting the wireless telecom industry.