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SFC Energy reports that the Bundeswehr procurement agency, BAAINBw, ordered additional units of the company’s portable energy network with JENNY 600S and Power Manager PM3G for supplying portable and stationary off-grid power in the field. The total order amount was €1.4 million and the systems were delivered at the end of 2018, the company stated on 22 January.

After the initial deployment of SFC fuel cells with the Bundeswehr in 2010, the BAAINBw had already placed a major order for SFC Energy’s Network in December 2017. Now the agency is equipping additional Bundeswehr units with the portable power supply which has proven its value in many tests and missions.

The SFC Energy Network is a fully integrated power solution, comprising the portable JENNY 600S fuel cell, the SFC Power Manager 3G, a specialised hybrid battery, a solar panel, and various accessories. The high-performance power supply enables operation of various electrical devices, e.g. radios, navigational equipment, night-vision equipment, laser range-finders, portable computers, and PDAs - when stationary and dismounted.

In operation, the SFC Energy Network enables weight savings of up to 80% compared to conventional power solutions. With the SFC Power Manager, an intelligent voltage converter, almost any device can be flexibly powered from any available source, e.g. fuel cell, solar panel or battery. Different battery types can be charged on the move. Power supply and energy management are fully automatic, virtually silent, emission-free, and almost undetectable.

This follow-up order confirms the growing importance of lightweight, portable power for more soldier flexibility and safety and mission success,” explained SFC Energy CEO, Dr. Peter Podesser. “Our SFC Energy Network is portable and can also be used as [a] stationary power source. The network’s reliability, operator friendliness and the weight savings it brings have convinced the users.”

The SFC Energy Network system. (Photo: SFC Energy)

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