Plug Power Fuel Cells Aimed for Venezuela

Telefonica Moviles, a wireless provider in Latin America, is to deploy Plug Power’s GenCore(R) backup power systems in Venezuela. The systems were purchased through Plug Power’s Venezuelan authorized distributor Corpo Teletecnical.

Initially, nine backup fuel cell systems will be placed at tower locations with critical backup needs in the Caracas area, following the successful completion of an eight-month trial at an active Telefonica Moviles wireless location outside of Caracas. The GenCore system responded effectively to several grid outages during the trial period, including one that lasted approximately 12 hours, providing power and maintaining tower operation when the AC grid failed due to overloading and weather-related factors. Telefonica Moviles currently has approximately 700 towers in Venezuela and more than 10,000 sites across Central and South America. Richard Croce, Energy Manager of Telefonica Moviles in Venezuela, identifies candidate sites for GenCore use as those where there is insufficient space for additional batteries or a generator, or where generators are prohibited due to noise or pollution issues or weight restrictions. Additional opportunities are expected to emerge as Telefonica Moviles continues to identify sites where traditional backup infrastructure frequently fails due to extreme weather conditions and an unstable electric grid. Plug Power is also participating in GenCore trials with Telefonica Moviles in Mexico, Brazil and Spain. Product trials in Mexico and Brazil are being conducted with Plug Power’s distribution partner Tyco Electronics Power Systems. Telefonica Moviles is the wireless division of Telefonica S.A, which has a presence in 50 countries including target markets such as Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, USA/Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the UK and Morocco.

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