May 26 2011

GP300 HFC: qualification tests

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GenPort 300 Hybrid Fuel Cell is our innovative portable fuel cell system designed to maximize power density, reduce to zero noise, thermal signature, pollution, vibration and provide a constant, reliable source of power. It is based on PEMFC and Battery Technologies, designed as a versatile power source, for any lightweight, off-the-grid, high energy density application.

GP300 HFC can operate as Battery Charger (BC), Auxiliary Power Units (APU). Different fuels system can be used with it, such as compressed hydrogen, metal hydrides, chemical hydrides (GenFuel) supplied in cartridges; in alternative, in order to solve definitely logistic problems for the delivery of the fuel, GP300 HFC can be integrated into an off-grid renewable energy system.

The implementation phase of the generator has been completed, so that GP300 HFC is actually in the process to be industrialized.

By the end of July 2011 we will complete all the electrical and mechanical tests, which aim to certify GP300 HFC, in order to obtain the CE. Several units will be realized later for our partners.

In parallel with the system certification, several functional tests have already been made (up to temperatures of 40°C) and now we are about to launch a test program, designed to verify operation of the system even at subzero temperatures (up to -20°C). More than one year, GP300 HFC was subjected to an intensive test campaign to check the system’s compliance with the functional and environmental requirements. In particular, functional tests were performed with electro-medical devices and portable mobile telecommunication systems (see the picture below). All these tests will be completed in July, in conjunction with the system certification.

The tests to be applied to GP300 HFC are both electrical and mechanical.

Electrical ones include:

  • electromagnetic compatibility: electromagnetic emission tests of the device and susceptibility testing of the generator to external magnetic fields;
  • electrical safety tests to demonstrate compliance with standards and obtain CE marking.

Mechanical tests, instead, include:

  • shock, vibrations and drop tests to examine the mechanical strength of the whole;
  • compliance testing to IP66-67 degree of the case during transport.

We will keep you updated in the coming weeks, as individual tests will be carried out on GP300 HFC!


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