Fourstones Ltd. Donates Fuel Cell for Power at Remote Sites
Sunday, August 23 2009 @ 02:50 PM EDT
Contributed by: richardpitt
Hancock Wildlife Foundation is pleased to announce that Fourstones Ltd., has donated one of their Pro 1600 Cube units to the Foundation for our use in our remote viewing stations. Dana Brown, President of Fourstones, came to Vancouver to personally hand over the unit and also placed a backup unit into storage at the Hancock House Publishing warehouse along with several containers of methanol that the units use to produce power.
Initially this unit will be used at our Chehalis site and will likely also be used for other sites including the White Spirit Bear. See the article under that topic that talks about the requirement for power to get a perspective on what it will be used for as well as the initial announcement of Fourstones involvment with us.
Fourstones Ltd. imports the EFOY fuel cell products from their manufacturer in Germany for the off-grid industrial power market here in Canada. Dana started using these power units himself for his remote oil-patch surveylance services and has now decided to become their Canadian distributor.
You can watch an interview with Dana and his Executive Account Manager, Jason Abdi, by David Ingram, as well as the subsequent interview with David Hancock, Dana and me, talking about the uses we'll put this and hopefully other units to over the coming year and beyond.
These units are worth from about $4,000 to $10,000 each, depending on power output and accessories, and use Methanol to generate electricity to power 12 Volt or 24 Volt electronics such as our cameras and wireless radios at remote sites. We'll be detailing their use and providing feedback to Fourstones on their operation and maintenance. For our use, a single 28 liter container of methanol will run the system for close to a month, and with an expected "double container yoke", we'll be able to go 2 months without visiting the site. The units are quiet and "green" in that they give off a very small amount of carbon dioxide ("about the same as that from a baby's breath") and pure water as the byproducts of the chemical reaction that (in the case of the model 1600) generates up to 67 Watts of electricity (5 Amps at 12 Volts) that is used to keep a battery charged, while the battery supplies power to the electronics.