- +Q: What industries does PI typically work with? Can you provide some examples?
- A: Power Innovations’ clients are located wherever power is most critical and often the most challenging. For the last 24 years, we’ve been working with almost every business sector, including oil and gas, transportation, entertainment, military, public safety, homeland security, medical, and renewables.
- +Q: Is Power Innovations certified for certain zones?
- A: Yes. Power Innovations has customers across the world – in some of the most challenging environments like deserts and oil rigs. Most of our projects are for Critical, Rugged, and Custom needs and applications. Lives and high costs are at stake if things go wrong. In addition to being certified and validated for normal commercial use, Power Innovations’ products and services meet the highest standards for the datacenter, as well as the battlefield.
- +Q: Can you provide products and services outside of the US?
Power Innovations’ solutions are deployed worldwide, either by Power Innovations directly or through our clients and partners.
- +Q: What's the difference between Power Innovations' QLS + UPQ vs. a traditional UPS?
- A: Q-LS is the name of a Power Innovations’ flagship product series. LS stands for Large Scale. The product incorporates UPQ technology, the highest level of power quality & reliability, and is very modular and versatile. The power range starts at 10kVA and goes up to 1.6MVA.
UPQ stands for Uninterruptible Power Quality. In 1997, Power Innovations was established to develop a higher standard of power quality and protection for applications that demand and depend on the highest level of power quality, regardless of power or environmental conditions. UPQ technology incorporated 5 stages of isolation, filtering and conditioning vs. two levels of traditional online UPS systems.
UPS is an industry acronym for Uninterruptible Power Supply. Over the years it has become a term for backup power supplies regardless of topology or quality for marketing purposed. However, there are normally three different categories for UPS systems, starting from least quality and function to the most. They are Standby, Line-interactive, and Online.
- +Q: What is the lifecycle of the HFC?
- A: The term lifecycle refers to the life expectancy of the PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) portion of a fuel cell. It is measured in hours of use. You can think of it as the printer cartridge in your printer. After a certain amount of print jobs, you need to replace it. PEM hours can vary based on use and environment of the fuel cell.
- +Q: Why does the HFC Power System look like an engine motor?
- A: The Power Innovations Fuel Cell engine is designed for automotive use, as well as other non-vehicle applications. The shape and size is such that it can fit into an engine compartment of a vehicle, as well as other applications. Because of the wide range of applications for the Power Innovations fuel cell, it is more robust and built to the highest safety criteria possible, while performing over a wide range of temperatures and harsh conditions. So, although it looks like an engine, power is generated through a reliable chemical process and not a mechanical process.
- +Q: Where do you get the hydrogen for the HFC Power System?
- A: Hydrogen is the most abundant element on the planet. It is found in water – H2O. Hydrogen can be separated out of water through electrolysis or derived from other fuels through reforming. When electrolyzers (electrolysis) are powered by wind, solar, or other renewable sources, this allows the full cycle of fuel cell applications to be 100% clean renewable with 0% carbon footprint.
- +Q: What are the Performance Maintenance (PM) requirements? Do I need to exercise the unit like a diesel engine?
- A: PM (Preventative Maintenance) of fuel cells is very minimal. Since there are no moving parts (except for external support cooling pumps, etc.), there is nothing to wear out or break. The PEM eventually will need to be exchanged once it has reached its maximum hour life.
- +Q: What is the cost of an HFC system?
- A: The cost of Hydrogen systems has initially been higher than traditional carbon fuel-based generation. This is primarily due to the fact that it is emerging technology with low productions numbers. However, the benefit of the Fuel Cell systems is enormous with no carbon footprint, no noise, and no harmful emissions. Besides power, heating, and cooling, the only other emission of the fuel cell is pure water. The objective of Power Innovations is to provide fuel cell systems in the near future that are competitive with traditional carbon generation at a $1 USD per Watt.