Intelligent Energy (IE), a global energy technology company, has delivered over 10MWh of fuel cell power energy to telecom towers in India in just three months.
The clean energy project, which will run for the next 10 years, saved more than 55 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and provided enough energy to power approximately 20,000 UK homes for an hour, in its first operational quarter.
IE purchased contracts from GTL to supply energy management services to over 27,400 telecom towers via Essential Energy, its wholly owned Indian subsidiary, and will replace the previous diesel generators with clean hydrogen (H2)powered fuel cells over the next 10 years.
We have done only a small proportion of the work that we intend to do over the next 10 years and the results are really impressive. Extrapolated over a larger scale and they could be game-changing
IE has deployed its ‘modular’ fuel cell system into India, which can be remotely monitored using remote asset monitoring technology providing real-time system data analysis.
This deal represents a major milestone in H2 fuel cell commercialisation throughout India and, over time, is expected to have a transformative impact on the South Asian country’s poor air quality and inefficient power generation.
Peter Brown, Managing Director of Intelligent Energy’s Distributed Power & Generation division, highlighted, “We have clearly demonstrated that not only can our fuel cell technology provide more efficient, cleaner power in challenging remote areas, but that it has a clear role to play in helping India manage its emissions and tackle concerns on air quality issues.”
“We have done only a small proportion of the work that we intend to do over the next 10 years and the results are really impressive. Extrapolated over a larger scale and they could be game-changing.”
“We believe this deal is facilitating the largest deployment of fuel cells in history and we remain on track to hit our medium-term targets for our Essential Energy business to manage power for 125,000-135,000 towers in the medium term.”
“The potential for growth in India is incredibly exciting. Over time, we believe our fuel cells can provide similar benefits in a number of other territories.”
The transaction between IE and GTL, which was announced on 1st October 2015, aims to deliver contracted revenues of approximately £1.2bn ($1.7bn) over ten years to IE, and demonstrates India’s long-term commitment to fuel cell technology.