BOC, a member of the Linde Group, has launched a new hydrogen fuel-cell powered lighting package that is long on staying power and short on emissions.

This latest addition to the Hymera family of hydrogen fuel cell products is an ideal option for locations that cannot connect to grid electricity. The package uses high-efficiency, low-wattage lamps with an output equivalent to two 300W halogen lamps. The BOC system has significant advantages over both battery-powered or diesel/petrol generator alternatives.

When compared with generator performance, the Hymera emits no carbon dioxide, oxides of nitrogen (NOx) or particulates. In fact, it only produces water vapour as hydrogen and oxygen are combined in the process of releasing electrical energy. In addition, fossil-fuelled generators are notoriously inefficient at part-loads – which is frequently what is required with modern, energy-efficient appliances.

The traditional alternative is to use batteries. Like the Hymera package, batteries are quiet and give off no carbon or other environmental emissions. However, their run-time is very limited and they are only suitable for a few hours of operation, while a single cylinder of hydrogen weighing just 10kg will keep these lights running for nearly 24 hours. And when the hydrogen finally runs down, the lightweight cylinder can be quickly and simply replaced with another to give plenty more hours of uninterrupted light.

So for a modern alternative for off-grid lighting applications that lasts much longer between refuelling/recharging than batteries, but is cleaner and quieter than diesel or petrol generators, the Hymera lighting package is the clear choice. It is easily transportable and can be set-up and operational within minutes. Whether for welding, machining, on-site maintenance and repair or for outdoor temporary events, BOC’s Hymera technology provides a reliable and tested solution.