Fresh Development of Intelligent Power Network
At IDEX this week, SFC Energy is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its EMILY ruggedized fuel cell technology which, coupled with the portable JENNY systems, is the company’s most successful military fuel cell, used in vehicle-based, mobile and stationary off-grid missions by defence and government organisations worldwide.
EMILY was launched in 2009 in response to user requests for a ruggedized version of the company’s EFOY fuel cell, then popular in the office, boat and leisure industries, building on SFC Energy’s proprietary Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) technology. Over the past decade, EMILY has proven to be both reliable and convenient: low maintenance with a very long shelf-life, significant autonomy, environmentally friendly, almost silent, with very low thresholds of detectability, EMILY delivers off-grid power without requiring user intervention.
In addition to significant reductions in maintenance and operational cost, while bringing weight reductions of up to 80 % compared to conventional generators, EMILY can be more than ten times more fuel-efficient in certain applications, which makes it extremely valuable in remote locations. Used in military vehicles or as a field charger, it significantly extends device runtimes with fully automatic battery recharging, without having to start a vehicle engine or having to interrupt operations for supplies. EMILY also avoids deep discharge of vehicle batteries at low temperatures and after long parking periods.
EMILY fuel cells are deployed today in extremely high mountain altitudes, in ice and snow, in hot and humid tropical climates. During IDEX, SFC Energy is presenting a new feature for EMILY: it can be combined with the SFC Power Manager PM 3G into an intelligent energy network with solar power and hybrid batteries.
“EMILY is a real asset for soldiers, in ever more military applications,” comments SFC Energy CEO, Dr Peter Podesser. “The fuel cell itself is small and lightweight enough to fit in any vehicle or stationary system, and it can easily be combined with a wide variety of batteries and fuel cartridges to meet mission specifications. This flexibility, combined with its proven reliability and environmental friendliness, is the reason for the growing success of EMILY with defence and government organisations across the world.”