Dantherm Power A/S, a leading supplier of fuel cell based backup power supply systems, has established a US subsidiary to provide backup power solutions to the North American market. The new company will be based in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where its sister company Dantherm Air Handling is located, the company writes in a press release.
Requirements for backup power systems for communication networks in the US were significantly tightened by industry and government regulators in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. According to professional journal Ingeniøren (The Engineer), new legislation is in preparation that could lead to a requirement for eight hours back-up power in mobile networks.
Dantherm Power MD Per Albæk told Ingeniøren: "If the legislation goes through, mobile operators in the US either need to buy large stocks of batteries or look around for other solutions. With such a long backup time, we will be competitive on what we call life duration price."
The company does not plan to build a dealer network, but will handle deliveries to end-users itself. Dantherm has however entered a number of OEM agreements, but the company will still be installing the equipment.
"Dantherm Power's backup power systems are very reliable and feature runtimes far in excess of the eight hours recommended by the FCC [Federal Communications Commission – Ed]. Moreover, our units require less maintenance, are quieter and emit far fewer pollutants than traditional backup power solutions such as batteries and engine generator sets," says Albæk in the press release.