Posted by Media Relations on Thursday, September 1st, 2005 - Comments »
PEM Fuel Cell adoption rate is growing within MN Telecoms and Utilities thanks to the help of MN-based provider of quality power solutions, H.M. Cragg Co., 3M, Entegris, Plug Power and the Minnesota Department of Commerce.Minneapolis, MN, September 1, 2005 – www.hmcragg.com/index-fuel-cells.html, H.M. Cragg Co., a MN-based provider of quality power solutions including proton exchange membrane PEM fuel cells and uninterruptible power systems (UPS) and batteries, today announced the successful installation of the GenCore® PEM fuel cell power backup technology at Roseville-MN based FTTH Communications L.L.C. at their Albertville-MN site.The FTTH Communications installation of cost effective and clean PEM fuel cell technology is a result of the collaborative efforts of H.M. Cragg Co., the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Plug Power Inc. and the cumulative energies of Minnesota-based 3M and Entegris.FTTH Communications was one of two telecom providers to receive a grant from the Minnesota Department of Commerce which awarded grants to telecom providers demonstrating interest and commitment to clean energy via deployment of a fuel cell backup system.H.M. Cragg Co. installed a five kilowatt 100 AMP fuel cell system at FTTH Communications in Albertville-MN.“PEM Fuel Cell technology is the cost effective and clean power alternative of the future,” said Paul Heggestad, H.M. Cragg, Co. president. “This is an important milestone for H.M. Cragg Co. and for the telecom industry. It shows there is a viable alternative for backup power that is cleaner, more reliable and ultimately more cost effective.”The PEM fuel cell units are housed outside the FTTH Communications facility and connected to a specially designed fuel storage cabinet. Each cabinet contains six hydrogen cylinders which, in tandem, provide up to 12 hours of clean backup power in the event of a “traditional” power outage. Up to 4 fuel cell systems can be daisy-chained together for delivery of additional kilowatts and/or longer run time.The PEM fuel cell technology uses software and a modem to communicate remotely with FTTH Communications personnel. It can notify them of any alarm conditions such as low supply of hydrogen gas or an electrical malfunction via email, BlackBerry® or pager.“I believe H.M. Cragg Co.’s installation of GenCore® PEM fuel cells from Plug Power are a safe and economical way to provide backup power to our point of presence in Albertville, we are very excited to be at the forefront of this next generation technology,” said John Schultz, General Manager for FTTH Communications.PEM fuel cells start at $20,000 plus installation, but require little maintenance and emit only heat and water as bi-products. With alternative battery backup power running at comparable costs, typically requiring significant maintenance and complex disposal techniques, fuel cells are quickly being adopted as the “right” energy alternative, especially in terms of return on investment (ROI) for Midwest telecom and utility companies.To learn more about H.M. Cragg Co.’s PEM fuel cell capabilities visit: www.hmcragg.com/index-fuel-cells.html.About H.M. Cragg Co.H.M. Cragg Co. is a premier MN-based provider of quality power solutions including PEM fuel cells and uninterruptible power systems (UPS). Products include Anderson Connectors, C & D Technologies, Inc. batteries, Eaton Powerware UPS and UPS batteries. More information about the company can be found at www.hmcragg.com.