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UPS Systems is supplying two methanol fuel cells to Npower Renewables for prime power in a portable wind monitoring application.

The fuel cell installation is due for completion in January 2009.

The system is capable of measuring wind speeds and direction at the full range of possible wind turbine heights.

Continuous power to the anemometry equipment is provided by two 12V gelled-electrolyte batteries.

These were chosen because they recharge quickly and are capable of operating across a range of seasonal temperature conditions.

To ensure the batteries are constantly recharged, the system also comprises solar PV and two EFOY Pro 1600 methanol fuel cell modules.

UPS Systems supplied the batteries, fuel cells and methanol fuel for the project, which are all integrated within a secure, weatherproof Procube casing and monitored by the company’s remote monitoring system, Remo.

Stewart Kirby, anemometry analyst at Npower Renewables, said: ‘We chose to integrate fuel cells into the project because of their flexibility, which allows the whole remote monitoring and power system to be portable.

‘We need to be able to move the wind monitoring equipment quickly and easily between locations and the fuel cells allow us to do this.’ Methanol fuel cells deliver clean energy and reliable power.

Their lightweight and compact size along with their ability to generate continuous power makes them suitable for portable applications in remote locations.

In this application, the units are supplied with a single 28-litre canister of methanol to power the system for more than a month.

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