Fuel Cell Evaluation – Report on the long-term performance of fuel cells installed to provide extended backup power at several ECAO communication sites.

Project ID: 20013
Principal Investigator: Jim DeHaan
Research Topic: Improved Power Generation
Funded Fiscal Years: 2020
Keywords: None

Research Question

The Science and technology office funded a research effort in 2003 to evaluate the use of fuel cells to provide extended 48-Vdc backup power. As a result of this study Eastern Colorado Area Office (ECAO) installed 7 fuel cell systems to provide backup power for microwave communication equipment. These systems have been in use now for more than decade and a follow up study and report on their long-term viability, reliability, maintenance, and overall cost effectiveness would be very beneficial.

Need and Benefit

Following 10+ years of use, are fuel cells a good alternative to provide reliable backup power.

Contributing Partners

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Research Products

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Fuel Cell Project Evaluation (final, PDF, 3.6MB)
By Daniel McElroy
Report completed on August 11, 2021

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Last Updated: 6/22/20