KEYMILE uses methanol fuel cells for failsafe mission-critical communications networks

28. October 2015

KEYMILE is using a direct methanol fuel cell in its XMC20 hybrid multi-service access and transmission platform. As a result, mission-critical communications networks have an uninterrupted power supply for long periods of time, boosting reliability and availability significantly.

As of immediate effect KEYMILE is offering a direct methanol fuel cell power generator (DMFC). The DMFC generator increases the reliability of the company’s XMC20 product family for mission-critical communications networks that belong to local authorities, railway companies, energy utilities and oil and gas suppliers. KEYMILE signed a reseller agreement with the Danish fuel cell manufacturer IRD to use its DMFC generator – model 800. In the event of a power failure, continued operation is ensured. This aspect is vital in SOS communications and other mission-critical networks, such as air-traffic, border-control, or pipeline monitoring systems. 

The DMFC generator is a very efficient means of generating energy during a power failure. It stands apart for its long, independent period of operation. The methanol fuel cell runs very efficiently and requires no movable parts. It is exceptionally reliable and requires no maintenance as long it is fed with methanol and oxygen from the ambient air. In contrast to a diesel generator, it is quiet in operation and produces no harmful emissions either. Handling of methanol is quite simple. The power density is superior, even compared to highly compressed hydrogen and 15 times higher than Lithium-ion batteries.

The DMFC generator is placed in a 19-inch rack and integrated in the standard KEYMILE UNEM network management system. It is ideal for data centres and in remote sites that have to manage without local maintenance personnel. It has been designed for significant fluctuations in temperature and can be operated at altitudes of up to 3,000 metres above sea level.

For more information about the methanol fuel cell power generator please click here.

KEYMILE is a leading supplier of telecommunications solutions with key facilities in Germany and Switzerland. The flexible and robust multi-service access and transmission systems allow network operators to provide a wide range of voice and data services on copper wire and optical fibre. Simultaneous availability of IP/Ethernet and TDM technology guarantees perfect evolution to packet-based data transmission. KEYMILE systems are used for reliable data transmission in mission-critical areas of telecommunications networks used by railway companies, energy suppliers, oil and gas utilities and public organisations. Public network operators employ the products to provide top bandwidth to subscribers. The KEYMILE systems stand apart for their high level of availability and durability, ease of operation, good eco-footprint and top levels of system integration to German production standards. KEYMILE also supports its customers with a wide range of solution-driven services such as consulting, network design, implementation, network operation and training. The company has subsidiaries and partners worldwide and has installed systems in more than 100 countries.

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