Fuel cells may represent a real alternative to standard power sources (batteries and diesel generators) for off-grid Telecom applications and the project aims to prove to potential customers in different industrial sectors their advantages

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The FCH-JU EU project FCpoweredRBS, started in January 2011 and targets the demonstration of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen market readiness by testing on-field a significant number powered Radio Base Stations

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“The FCpoweredRBS Project solution will demonstrate the advantage of a Cells power generation solution substituting standard Diesel generators with a PEM Fuel Cell generator…..”

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…the consortium involves a good balance of private industry, both large and small, and research organisations. The Consortium as a whole represents 4 European countries (Italy, Denmark, Switzerland and Belgium).

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Introduction

FCpoweredRBS: “Demonstration Project for Power Supply to Telecom Stations through FC technology”

The FCH-JU EU project FCpoweredRBS, started in January 2011 and targets the demonstration of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen market readiness by testing on-field a significant number powered Radio Base Stations. While Telecom application are widely seen as an early market for these technologies a wide demonstration of their performances under real operating conditions is fundamental to assess their potential as well as to determine their real strength.

The project has created an integrated approach to the design of high energy efficient Radio Base Stations and will test different state of the art FC solutions from European and World Manufacturers. Alternative fueling solutions as hydrogen, methanol or natural gas will also be tested aiming to address the different range of application of each solution.

While the FCpoweredRBS solution could already improve the energy performance of RBS and reduce their carbon footprint, the proposed set-up also aims to demonstrate a significant advantage in terms of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). In fact, for specific applications the higher efficiency and the integrated use of local renewable energy sources should also lead to cost savings which could make this application interesting for immediate use.

FCpoweredRBS is coordinated by Ericsson Telecomunicazioni (I). Other partners are Dantherm Power A.S. (DK), MES SA (CH), GreenHdyrogen DK APS (DK), Università di Roma “Tor Vergata” (I) and the Joint Research Center of the European Commission
For more information:
Project coordinator
Rossella Cardone – Ericsson Telecomunicazioni
coordinator@fcpoweredrbs.eu
Official Project Website: http://www.fcpoweredrbs.eu

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Start of the project: January 2012
Project Duration: 36 months
FCpoweredRBS is co-financed by European funds from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking under FCH-JU-2010-1 Grant Agreement Number 278921

Demonstration Project for Power Supply to Telecom Stations through FC technology