ARDA Power today announced that it is in the final stages of delivering key electrical components for a fuel cell system designed by a leading US based fuel cell company. The design and fabrication were completed under a purchase order received by ARDA during August of 2013.
The terms of the purchase order called for ARDA Power to design and install an advanced and optimized Electrical Balance of Plant (EBOP), based on ARDA's Isolated High Boost DC Converter, for a solid oxide fuel cell system.
The fuel cells demonstrate improved performance when managed separately in stacks with fewer cells. However, deployment of solid oxide fuel cells in commercial applications has been hindered by difficulties in aggregating these smaller stacks into larger systems that can be managed by a single cost effective inverter.
"There is a significant need for a power electronics solution that enables the use of smaller independently managed fuel cell stacks while at the same time allowing the use of large, cost effective inverters," said Dr. Luis Zubieta of ARDA Power. "ARDA's isolated High Boost DC Converter efficiently and cost effectively meets this requirement while at the same time providing a constant high voltage DC backbone that will make hybrid systems incorporating solar and battery storage simpler and more cost effective."
Solid oxide based fuel cells hold the potential to deliver higher efficiency across a wide diversity of fuels than competing fuel cell technologies, and are expected to be particularly competitive in the large and growing sub-megawatt market. "We are excited to be involved in this important project," said Aleksey Toporkov of ARDA Power. "ARDA-Grid technology can play a meaningful role in commercializing this exciting new technology."
About ARDA Power
ARDA Power uses patented technology to provide the core functionality for a range of power electronics solutions targeted at the emerging and now rapidly growing market for distributed power generation. The Company’s ARDA-Grid technology provides a constant high voltage DC Grid to which DC sources and loads can connect across a wide range of input voltages, making system design and installation safer, more efficient, less complex and less expensive. ARDA-Grid based solutions are utilized in the Company’s Solar Plus Storage, Fuel Cell and DC Microgrid solutions.