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Fuel Cell Definition:

Reformed Methanol Fuel Cell (RMFC) systems are a subcategory of proton-exchange fuel cells where, the fuel, methanol, is reformed before being fed into the fuel cell. RMFC systems offer advantages over direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) systems including higher efficiency, smaller cell stacks, no water management, better operation at low temperatures, and storage at sub-zero temperatures because methanol is a liquid from -97.0 °C to 64.7 °C.

  • Although Fuel Cells are not new to the South African market, the Ballard Power Electragen’s and the vast majority of the Fuel Cells available, rely on the use of Liquid Hydrogen as the reactant.

  • Liquid Hydrogen, while very efficient, is extremely hazardous to transport and use. This creates significant OHS issues for both supplier and end user. There are also very few suppliers of Liquid Hydrogen who are able to supply and re-fuel the installed cells in south Africa. Liquid Hydrogen also has a much higher cost associated with its procurement

  • M Squared's Fuel Cell’s rely on Methanol reforming as the reactant to produce the energy exchange required to produce the electrical output

  • The methanol driven system is especially suited for “extended duration runtime”, which is ideal for in the Telco application space. The fuel cell system can be used in case of smaller shutdowns to 24/7 baseload operation.

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