Ensol Systems Inc. uses SFC’s EFOY Pro fuel cell solutions for powering oil & gas systems

  • EFOY Pro selected for its reliability, convenience and sustainability, especially in harsh Canadian weather and winter scenarios
  • Growing acceptance in demanding oil & gas applications

Brunnthal, June 6, 2011 – SFC Energy AG, technology and market leader in mobile and remote power solutions based on fuel cells, and the Canadian Oil & Gas system integration specialist Ensol Systems Inc. have announced their cooperation. Ensol Systems integrates the EFOY Pro fuel cells of SFC into chemical injection, air compression and independent power packages for oil and gas pipelines and facilities isolated from the grid.

Providing reliable off-grid power to instrumentation and electronic devices servicing and monitoring oil and gas pipelines and facilities is a major challenge for the operators. The solutions used up to now - solar modules or generators - both have limitations in these demanding applications, especially in the cold, dark Canadian winters. EFOY Pro fuel cells ensure 100% power availability in a wide temperature range from +45 °C down to   -20 °C, in any weather, season or climate. Integrated into an insulated and specially engineered Ensol enclosure, they will produce reliable power to extremely cold temperatures of -40 °C. All EFOY integrated products manufactured by Ensol Systems have passed CSA and ETL Electrical Equipment Inspections and are engineered for use in the harshest environments.

As a fuel EFOY Pro uses methanol, an alcohol also called wood alcohol. This environmentally friendly technology can even be used in protected areas and natural reserves. EFOY Pro fuel cells are a very sustainable source of energy, supporting the oil and gas industry in its efforts towards diminishing CO2 emissions. They eliminate the propane/methane venting and waste required for pneumatic power or thermal electric generators.

“System outages due to power failures are a severe problem in the oil & gas industry, as they may adversely affect production, cause data loss and negatively impact logistics costs. Just the cost associated with sending operators to remote sites to replace batteries or address a generator failure is very significant,” says Brad Scott of Ensol Systems Inc. “The EFOY Pro fuel cell really is an enabling solution for our customers, as it will produce power independent of the temperature, the weather or the season. Fuel logistics and installation are easy, and the EFOY Pro systems can be used anywhere.”

“The partnership with Ensol Systems is a big step for us in entering the demanding oil and gas markets,” says Dr. Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Energy AG. “It demonstrates the growing acceptance of our reliable, environmentally friendly systems in applications, where safety and reliability are of utmost importance.”

Interested parties can experience the EFOY Pro off-grid power solution at GO Expo inCalgaryfrom June 7 to 9, 2011, at the joint booth of Ensol Systems Inc. and SFC Energy, booth no. 1464.

About Ensol Systems, Inc

Ensol Systems Inc. (www.ensolsystems.com) is committed to delivering high quality measurement and control products and services to meet the demands of the challenging applications of customers in the oil and gas industry. For them Ensol translates their field problems into fully integrated engineered solutions, from design to execution and from a conceptual vision to an installed manufactured product.

About SFC Energy 

SFC Energy AG (www.sfc.com) is market leader in fuel cell technologies for mobile and off-grid power applications serving the leisure, industrial and defense markets. As one ofGermany's technology pioneers, SFC has won numerous innovation awards. SFC has alliances with leading companies in a wide range of industries. Unlike most other fuel cell manufacturers, who are in the research and development phase or run subsidized demonstration projects, SFC has successfully shipped more than 21,000 fully commercial products to industrial and private end users for more than five years, and has created a convenient fuel cartridge supply infrastructure. SFC is DIN ISO 9001:2000 certified. SFC is based inBrunnthal,Germany, and has aU.S.sales and technical service office in the U.S. SFC Energy AG is listed at the Deutsche Boerse Prime Standard (WKN 756857).