Acta Power Repeat Sale for Telecoms Company in Africa
Acta S.p.A. (AIM: ACTA), the clean energy products company, is pleased to announce that it has received its first repeat order for the sale of an Acta Power back-up power system. The system is to be installed in Africa at a base station of a major international mobile telecoms company, following their initial order which was announced on 22 May 2013.
The Acta Power is a self-recharging back-up power system incorporating a fuel cell and low cost on-board hydrogen generation. It has been developed to meet the back-up power requirements of telecom base stations in off-grid or bad grid locations by utilising rainwater for water supply and avoiding the cost and logistical barriers of hydrogen delivery to base stations in remote or inaccessible sites.
The new order is for the sale of a system incorporating a 2kW fuel cell and 500L/h electrolyser. This configuration has been specified by the customer to match the back-up power and duration requirements of the mobile operator’s typical base station, while offering a lower cost than a 4kW fuel cell system.
Having analysed the capabilities of the Acta Power system together with Acta, the customer believes that the remote data monitoring and power management module of the Acta Power system allows a more energy efficient and cost effective solution to be specified than is the case with diesel generators and battery systems, which are typically over-specified for the power requirements of base station back-up power applications.
The new unit is due to be shipped in November 2013 and will be delivered directly to a base station for an operational evaluation of one month to confirm that the system size is correct for the base station’s power requirements, prior to discussing a larger scale deployment for installation during 2014.
Paolo Bert, Chief Executive of Acta, commented:
“This important customer gave us our first Acta Power order in May of this year which has now led to an operational sale for the system only four months later. We are delighted to see the Acta Power moving into the next stage of evaluation so soon after launch.”