GenCell launches ‘revolutionary’ off-grid ammonia-to-power solution for MNOs

11 April 2022

GenCell Energy, a provider of hydrogen and ammonia to power solutions, is bringing to market the GenCell FOX off-grid power solution for mobile operators, that generates power on-demand from ammonia. The company reckons its new solution “delivers reliable, resilient and zero-emission primary power” which can replace fossil fuel generators. The solution can also complement solar PV and wind power solutions at telecom sites around the globe. The FOX can be placed at a telecom base station in virtually any location where grid services are poor or non-existent to keep the tower running without any need for servicing or refueling for as long as half a year.

An evolution of the GenCell A5, the GenCell FOX has been developed specifically to provide power for operators’ radio networks. GenCell says it has successfully completed a series of rigorous field tests of the FOX in various weather conditions with a number of operators, the company claims. It will be offering operators a limited number of pre-launch projects for deployment in 2022, and it will be available for full commercial deployment in 2023.

“The GenCell FOX is the first fuel cell solution to overcome the limitations of the current hydrogen infrastructure by creating hydrogen-on-demand from ammonia, the world’s second most-produced inorganic chemical,” said Rami Reshef, chief executive officer at GenCell, said,

More than 200 million tons of ammonia is produced each year and distributed globally via pipelines, tankers and trucks, making it readily available and inexpensive. The firm also claims that by creating hydrogen-on-demand from ammonia, the GenCell FOX provides zero-emission fuel cell power at a lower cost than diesel generators.

“As the need for green power for towers has become more insistent and obvious, while in parallel we have demonstrated that the product has completed successful field tests in various extreme weather conditions, we are seeing increasingly broad interest in the FOX from telecom, cable and other connectivity providers around the world.”