APC Announces Next Generation Fuel Cell Product for Data Centers



2008-08-19 09:00:00

APC Announces Next Generation Fuel Cell Product for Data Centers

Next Generation Fuel Cell Extended Run Product Offers Lower Operating Costs, Increased Reliability, and Extended Runtime Capabilities, While Lessening Maintenance, Environmental Impact, and Space Requirements

WEST KINGSTON, RI–(EMWNews – August 19, 2008) – APC by Schneider Electric, a global

leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, today announced

its next generation Fuel Cell Extended Run (FCXR) product that provides

hydrogen-based, environmentally friendly backup power for the company’s

InfraStruXure® data center solution. APC, part of global energy

management specialist Schneider Electric, is committed to providing its

customers with highly efficient, green backup power solutions to meet the

need for clean and reliable extended run options in network critical

applications. InfraStruXure fully integrates power, cooling, environmental

monitoring and management in a rack-optimized design. This on-demand

architecture allows the selection of standardized components to create a

solution through modular and mobile configurations.

APC’s next generation FCXR, which produces emission free electrical backup

power using air and stored hydrogen, is available in 10 kW increments up to

30 kW contained in a single 19-inch rack. Developed in collaboration with

Hydrogenics Corporation, the FCXR uses Hydrogenics’ HyPM XR Fuel Cell Power

Modules. The FCXR supports APC’s 3-Phase Symmetra PX product line for

uninterruptible power and adds a new dimension for extended backup time to

APC’s InfraStruXure architecture.

The FCXR offers a lower total cost of ownership for runtime requirements

greater than two hours in this power range when compared to lead acid

batteries. Additionally, this solution is ideal for customers with space

constraints or for companies that cannot operate a diesel generator due to

noise or emissions concerns.

“APC’s next generation fuel cell backup product represents one of the first

commercial uses of fuel cell technology for data center environments,” said

John DiPippo, senior vice president, APC Data Center Solutions, Software

and Services. “The next generation FCXR incorporates key improvements based

on the successful commercial trials of our earlier fuel cell solution

deployed during the past two years. We believe APC’s new fuel cell product

provides the right combination of power capacity and innovative

hydrogen-based technology to meet market demand.”

The combined expertise of APC and Hydrogenics helped create an extended run

solution that offers customers the following:

--  Zero Emissions: The only by-products during the electrical conversion

    of hydrogen and oxygen are heat and water.

--  Flexible Runtime Options: The available run time can easily be varied

    by changing the number of hydrogen bottles stored.

--  High Reliability: Installed close to the load, the FCXR is a pre-

    engineered, mechanically simple system with few moving parts consistent

    with the principles of the InfraStruXure architecture.  Additionally, the

    FCXR connects directly to the DC input on the Symmetra PX eliminating the

    need of an auto-transfer switch.

--  Small Footprint: The indoor installation of this high power density

    solution fits in the footprint of a standard IT rack.

--  Scalability: Scale onsite from one to three 10 kW fuel cell power

    modules in a standard InfraStruXure rack.

--  Easy to Maintain: The FCXR has a very simple basic maintenance



The FCXR will be available in select regions in the fourth quarter of 2008.

For more information about the FCXR please email

FuelCellInquiries@apcc.com. For more information about InfraStruXure and

APC’s other products, please visit www.apc.com or call 800-877-4080.

About APC

APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in critical power and cooling

services, provides industry leading product, software and systems for home,

office, data center and factory floor applications. Backed by the

strength, experience, and wide network of Schneider Electric’s Critical

Power & Cooling Services, APC delivers well planned, flawlessly installed

and maintained solutions throughout their lifecycle. Through its

unparalleled commitment to innovation, APC delivers pioneering, energy

efficient solutions for critical technology and industrial applications.

In 2007, Schneider Electric acquired APC and combined it with MGE UPS

Systems to form Schneider Electric’s Critical Power & Cooling Services

Business Unit, which recorded 2007 revenue of $3.5 billion (EUR 2.4

billion) and employed 12,000 people worldwide. APC solutions include uninterruptible

power supplies (UPS), precision cooling

units, racks, physical

security and design and management

software, including APC’s

InfraStruXure® architecture the industry’s most comprehensive

integrated power, cooling, and management solution. Schneider Electric,

with 120,000 employees and operations in 102 countries, had 2007 annual

sales of $25 billion (EUR 17.3 billion). For more information on APC,

please visit www.apc.com. All trademarks are the property of their owners.

About Hydrogenics

Hydrogenics Corporation (www.hydrogenics.com) is a globally recognized

developer and provider of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products and

services, serving the growing industrial and clean energy markets of today

and tomorrow. Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Hydrogenics has

operations in North America, Europe and Asia.

APC Contact
Elizabeth deCastro
Media Relations Manager
800-788-2208 ext. 2957

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