Simark partner 3D-P sells autonomous off-grid communication trailer solutions with EFOY to large end user in Alberta Oilsands

Simark Controls Ltd., a subsidiary of SFC Energy, announces the receipt of an order for fuel cell/solar hybrid EFOY ProTrailer mining communication trailers and EFOY ProCabinets by their wireless network partner 3D-P.

Brunnthal/Munich, Germany, July 5, 2017 – Simark Controls Ltd., a subsidiary of SFC Energy, leading provider of hybrid power solutions to the stationary and mobile power generation markets, announces the receipt of an order for fuel cell/solar hybrid EFOY ProTrailer mining communication trailers and EFOY ProCabinets by their wireless network partner 3D-P. A large end user in the Alberta Oilsands has deployed 16 of 3D-P’s hybrid EFOY ProTrailers and three autonomous EFOY ProCabinets, with an additional 12 trailers being delivered.

Hybridization of SFC Energy’s EFOY Pro fuel cells with solar allows for significantly longer autonomy than battery banks powered by solar alone. In times with insufficient solar power output, the fuel cell automatically switches on, reducing costly downtime and maintenance intervals by avoiding the deep discharging of the battery. This power reliability significantly increases the trailer’s autonomy. Excess heat from the fuel cell is used to keep the insulated battery and electronic compartments warm. The 3D-P trailer can be easily and cost-effectively deployed anywhere in remote locations. 3D-P custom configures each unit for the customers’ specific load requirements and geographic locations.

The Alberta Oilsands customer uses 3D-P’s mining trailers to quickly and cost-effectively provide communications to remote mining and oil & gas locations. The trailers simplify the customer’s network rollouts and flexible extension of wireless coverage as the mine’s footprint develops. All components are integrated into one unit to enable single easy deployment of both power and retractable radio masts. “Mining requires reliability – continuous operation and safety drive the bottom line. We designed this trailer specifically for optimum operability in colder climates”, says Ron White, Chief Technology Officer of 3D-P. “The hybrid power concept provides power throughout the winter season without requiring any user intervention. In the remote locations, where our customers operate, this feature provides unique logistic and cost advantages.”

“We are happy to partner with 3D-P”, says Derek L’Hirondelle, VP Instrumentation, Automation & Energy at Simark Controls. “In 3D-P’s unique network design our weather independent Pro Hybrid solutions ensure reliable network connectivity for all production and safety applications at all times. This is why we continue to see a growing potential for fuel cell hybrid solutions in critical applications like these across Canada and the U.S.”

More information on the off grid power and automation portfolios of SFC Energy and Simark Control for security & safety, oil & gas, wind, traffic management, environmental and telecommunications applications at, and More information on 3D-P’s trailers at 3D-P Trailers.

About 3D-P

3D-P designs and builds Intelligent endpoints for rugged industrial connectivity and creates application software that consolidates multiple systems on a single hardened technology platform. The Company’s value added, technology based, services and products allow customers to leverage existing investments with a single platform that provides a foundation for future technology implementation.

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About SFC Energy AG

SFC Energy AG ( is a leading provider of hydrogen and direct methanol fuel cells for stationary, portable and mobile hybrid power solutions. With the Clean Energy and Clean Power Management business segments, SFC Energy is a sustainably profitable fuel cell producer. The Company distributes its award-winning products worldwide and has sold more than 65,000 fuel cells to date. The Company is headquartered in Brunnthal/Munich, Germany, and has operating subsidiaries in Canada, India, the Netherlands, Romania, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. SFC Energy AG is listed on the Deutsche Boerse Prime Standard and has been part of the selection index SDAX since 2022 (GSIN: 756857 ISIN: DE0007568578).


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