Acta Power to Trial in Philippines
Acta S.p.A. (AIM: ACTA), the clean energy products company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with a new customer for a trial of its Acta Power back-up power system for telecommunications applications. The system is to be placed on trial with a major mobile telecoms company at a telecom base station located in the Philippines.
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 requirements of telecom base stations in off-grid or bad grid locations, by avoiding the cost and logistical barriers of hydrogen delivery to base stations in remote or inaccessible sites.
The trial will be undertaken in partnership with SMS Global Technologies Inc. (“SMSGT”), a local technical support company and system integrator specialising in telecommunications equipment and solutions. SMSGT will be Acta’s engineering and client services partner and responsible for the installation and technical management of the trial, as well as the commercial promotion of the installed system.
The trial unit is due to be shipped shortly and will undergo initial testing on site prior to the two-month live trial at a telecom base station. Subject to the successful outcome of the trial, the partners believe that a larger order will be placed by the mobile operator for Acta Power systems to be installed as an alternative to the methanol-based fuel cell systems currently being trialled which have been found to suffer problems of methanol logistics and theft.
Paolo Bert, Chief Executive of Acta, commented: “This is another positive step forwards for the adoption of the Acta Power system. Acta believes that this trial, with an important mobile operator in the Philippines, will demonstrate that the Acta Power can compete effectively not only with traditional diesel generator and battery solutions, but also with other fuel cell back-up power systems which lack the critical component of low-cost, on-site hydrogen generation from water. Such systems still rely on the logistics of bottled hydrogen or methanol and suffer the problems of fuel delivery and theft which the Acta Power has been designed to avoid.”