ReliOn’s forward-thinking design philosophy results in fuel cell power solutions that give the customer a highly reliable, cost-effective and clean energy solution with a seamless upgrade path, maximizing initial investments in fuel cell systems, and dramatically reducing the impact on operating budgets and the environment.
Through proven field performance and third party testing, ReliOn fuel cell systems have demonstrated many of the benefits associated with traditional technologies while minimizing the limitations associated with battery systems and combustion generators. This is the ReliOn difference.
High Reliability - Robustness
The reason power engineers add supplemental power solutions to the site design is to increase the reliability of the site, so that the company can continue to provide service to its customers despite events that knock primary power out of service. ReliOn fuel cells have a reliability rating of 99.9%, arrived at through multiple third party testing in commercial customer environments over the course of several years. Simplicity of design and very few moving parts result in a robust, reliable power solution.
Batteries offer a moderate level of reliability to customer equipment locations needing a low level of power. Use is limited by the need to increase the size of the footprint linearly in order to add runtime. Temperature sensitivity can shorten battery life and reduce capacity, so care must be taken to ensure proper maintenance.
Diesel generators of the size routinely used at telecommunication outside plant sites have a reliability rating of 88.4%. With hundreds of moving and sliding parts, generators have multiple points of possible failure.
Low Cost to Operate
A critical element in capital procurements is the cost of ownership of equipment. The ReliOn fuel cell solution is a cost effective solution when compared to traditional technologies, both in terms of capital and O&M costs.
A fuel cell maintenance call happens once a year and involves inspection of and possible exchange of a standard air filter. This low maintenance is attributable to the simplicity of fuel cell design and the fact that they have very few moving components. Fuel cell maintenance, including fuel, costs the customer about one-fifth that of generator maintenance.
Sustainability - Clean Technology
As a clean technology, fuel cells have minimal impact on the environment. ReliOn fuel cell “emissions” are DC electricity, a small amount of warm air and water. ReliOn fuel cells utilize environmentally benign hydrogen as a fuel source, which eliminates the environmental impact of fuel spillage, leaks or air pollution and results in simplified zoning requirements. Because of this, they are exempted from the very stringent California Air Resources Board (CARB) and a number of other States’ emission permitting requirements. Additionally, the ReliOn fuel cell system has noise levels of a typical telecom cabinet, allowing it to be placed in applications where the noise level of a generator is not acceptable.
A partnership with ReliOn is about more than our product offering. Our solutions orientation drives us to build strong relationships with our customers in order to provide start to finish services, site audit to installation, refueling to maintenance.
Our end goal is that customers can keep their focus on their technology, where it belongs.