Leaneco develops competitively priced fuel cell based UPS solution  

2009.08.24
Leaneco's solution for data centres replaces conventional diesel generator and lead-acid battery UPS systems for critical IT infrastructure with methanol-powered fuel cells
The Danish company Leaneco has developed a total solution for data centres that can replace conventional diesel generator and lead-acid battery UPS (Uninteruptible Power Supply) systems for critical IT infrastructure with methanol-powered fuel cells, reports professional journal Ingeniøren (The Engineer).
 
Leaneco's scalable system consists of generator modules and power electronics modules. The former are powered by a methanol fuel tank, while the latter controls the energy balance between the fuels cells, the power circuits, and a small energy storage device.
 
Leaneco director Klaus Moth told Ingeniøren: "We have integrated all the functions of a conventional power infrastructure in a combined solution. And when you look at it as a totality, it is actually no more expensive to shift over to clean fuel cell technology."
 
According to Klaus Moth, the combined solution has the advantage that the power architecture does not have to be overdimensioned in relation to the power capacity required as data centres grow in size. Instead the modules can be added gradually in scale with the increased demand.
 
Leaneco has so far tested the technology on a prototype project basis, and is seeking a patent on the technology. The company has not yet said when a full scale system will be available for sale. 
 
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