The new system from BOC, a member of The Linde Group, promises to power a wide range of applications, particularly monitoring. The Hymera DC incorporates an automatic battery charger, so that power can be maintained in locations where changing batteries is not practicable.

Casey Fleming, Morgan Sindall’s Environmental Manager and Hymera customer said, “The Hymera hydrogen fuel cell’s innovative qualities helped us solve a difficult project conundrum. The cell has now successfully powered a remote noise monitor for eight weeks, the location of which was proving difficult to supply with conventional power. We needed it to operate silently, which was impossible with traditional power generators.”

When used in conjunction with BOC’s 54ZH portable hydrogen fuel cylinder, the Hymera DC can provide 2-3 kWh of electrical energy. Depending on conditions, this is equivalent to around 75kg of lead-acid batteries.

The 54ZH is a user-friendly integrated ‘energy source’ which removes the need for pressure regulators and uses easy hand-operated connections. A single cylinder promises to keep a 3W average load powered for almost one month, or a 20W security camera powered for approximately five days.

According to BOC, for loads up to 50W, it has a substantially lower cost of ownership compared to diesel or petrol generators. With recent developments in lighting, computing and display technology, 50W goes a long way. For instance, 50W could light a small house with the latest generation DC LED technology.

“The type of capability the Hymera DC offers is increasingly crucial in the portable power market,” said Stewart Dow, Packaged Energy Manager at BOC. “Businesses sometimes believe that cutting costs and carbon emissions are two conflicting goals, but with the family of Hymera products, this needn’t to be the case. With its high performance and low cost, the Hymera DC is now opening up a whole new range of exciting applications and opportunities.”