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German army introduces SFC's portable Jenny fuel cell in soldier energy networks

Munich-based SFC Energy has received a further serial order from the German army, which will be introducing the portable Jenny fuel cell into a new energy network for soldiers. SFC is a market leader for mobile and off-grid power solutions based on its direct methanol fuel cell technology.

The system solution consists of the portable Jenny fuel cell, the SFC Power Manager, a hybrid battery specially tailored to the system, and a solar panel, as well as an extensive range of accessories.

This flexible energy network allows operation of widely different power consumers – e.g. radios, navigational equipment, night-vision equipment, laser range-finders, portable computers, and PDAs – which can be used when stationary and on the march.

SFC Energy says the new order is worth approximately €1 million (US$1.4 million), with the systems scheduled for delivery by the end of 2010.

With this power supply and management system, SFC is proving its long-term and internationally recognized expertise in portable energy. This hybrid solution links fuel cell units, solar cells, batteries, and intelligent power management in an integrated energy network. It reduces a soldier's load by up to 80% compared to conventional electricity supply solutions using batteries.

‘With the second serial order from the German army in 2010, SFC is further extending its leadership as the main provider of independent power supplies in the defense area,’ says Dr Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Energy.

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