Adelan Launches Lp Gas PowerCell
Adelan, based in Birmingham, has launched a mobile fuel cell that runs on lpg, lng or methane to power vehicles, offices, homes and even smartphones. The Adelan PowerCell also allows businesses, such as Google and Amazon, to take advantage of drones or unmanned aircraft, currently only used by the military, for commercial use.
The PowerCell provides over 3,000 hours of power or up to 300W, and is useful for remote power generation and heating. It means that, in the near future, consumers can use clean power for caravanning and charging small gadgets and appliances, among other things.
Adelan says it is the first company to develop microtubular solid oxide fuel cells and is bidding for a share of a £1 billion EU funding pot to bring fuel cells to the commercial market.
Adelan research scientist Dr Michaela Kendall said: “Typically, government and military have been key early adopters for mobile energy technologies but, with growing environmental, regulatory and energy security concerns, commercial organisations are increasingly seeing the opportunities presented by portable power. Unmanned airborne vehicles, recreational vehicles and micro combined heat and power have all emerged in recent years as key niche markets.
“It’s an exciting time for us; the mobile energy market is still very much at its embryonic stage, but we have developed and patented some genuinely innovative products that will change the way we supply power in both commercial and domestic settings. We now aim to replicate our earlier success in European investments with this new fuel cell commercialisation fund.”