Alencon fuel cell

Fuel Cells

The Solution for Inegrating Fuel Cells at Scale

After many years of showing great promise, Fuel Cells are now ready to join solar, wind and battery energy storage as cornerstones in the transition to a clean energy economy.

A fuel cell is an electrochemical device that combines hydrogen fuel with oxygen to produce electricity, heat and water. The fuel cell is similar to a battery in that an electrochemical reaction occurs as long as fuel is available. Hydrogen is stored in a pressurized container and oxygen is taken from the air. Because of the absence of combustion, there are no harmful emissions, and the only by-product is pure water. 

Like battery and energy storage, Fuel Cells are DC sources. One of the challenges fuel cells face in being integrated into today’s clean energy mix is that they generally operate at far lower voltages than other renewable sources like solar and storage.

Alencon’s products are fantastic solutions for incorporating Fuel Cells with today’s array of 1000 and 1500-volt inverters. The Alencon SPOT can provide a unique, uni-directional solution for injecting clean power created from a fuel into a higher voltage inverter or DC bus. Alternatively, the Alencon BOSS can be the ideal, bi-directional solution for both discharging a fuel cell and running it in reverse to create hydrogen – a process called electrolysis.

Alencon's galvanically isolated technology is critical for integrating Fuel Cells because of their high sensitivity to ground faults. Using an isolated DC:DC like the The Alencon SPOT or Alencon BOSS protects the fuel cell from any ground faults that occur on the DC bus to which it is connected.

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