Rapid-Start Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Delivered

Acumentrics Corporation has delivered a fully integrated rapid-start solid oxide fuel cell uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures in Houston, Texas. Acumentrics supplied the factory-tested full-on-line 2 kW fuel cell unit based on their proprietary anode- supported tubular solid oxide fuel cell (TSOFC) and power electronics technology.

Westwood, Massachusetts – October 4, 2002 [] The product, named the BB-SOFC 2000, was specifically designed for low-cost mass production. It operates directly from 7″ to 14″ low-pressure natural gas and converts the fuel directly within its array of fuel cell tubes. Because of the technical nature of the solid oxide fuel cell, both the hydrogen and carbon monoxide produced during the conversion or reformation process allow it to boost the fuel/electricity efficiency over other types of fuel cells that just run from hydrogen. It also does not emit any appreciable noise or emissions of NOx or SOx. The primary intended application for the BB-SOFC is outdoor 90vAC broadband backup, but is also configurable to output DC or 120vAC for telecom and computer backup applications.