Offers Soldiers 80% Weight Saving
SFC Energy has delivered portable JENNY fuel cells, to a value of over €1 million, to an international defence organisation, the company announced at IDEX on 18 February.
The portable JENNY 1200 fuel cell, with a nominal power of 50W, builds on SFC Energy’s award-winning direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) technology for defence and security applications. Decisive advantages of the system are; no spare batteries need to be carried by soldiers; fully automatic clean battery recharge; low noise signature and maintenance burden; almost no detectable heat signature; weight saving of 80% for soldiers in the field; and ultimately lower total cost of ownership.
JENNY 1200 uses pure methanol as fuel, offering market-leading energy density and weight savings over fuel cell technologies with conventional methanol/water blends. Like all SFC Energy’s power generation and distribution products for defence applications, the JENNY 1200 integrates seamlessly into the existing SFC defence product family and into all SFC energy networks and power solutions. Numerous international NATO and Partnership for Peace defence organisations already use SFC Energy fuel cells and accessory products.
“This is already the second significant batch of JENNYs 1200 that we have sold and delivered to this international defence organisation,” stated company CEO, Dr Peter Podesser. “The fuel cells are used in multi-day missions and help the soldiers save up to 80 % of carry-along weight. Soldier safety and operability in the field depend upon the reliable availability of off-grid power. Our fuel cells are a lightweight, silent, clean and almost non-detectable solution.”