Emona Instruments have been appointed as Australian distributors of the Berlin based manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cell teaching and research equipment, Heliocentris.
Heliocentris offer comprehensive curriculum and course materials, which allow quick and easy integration of fuel cell technology into existing courses or for integration into R and D projects.
Heliocentris use metal hydride canisters to power their fuel cells. Metal hydride canisters are a safe way of storing hydrogen in solid form and make the units independent of the hydrogen supply and safe to operate anywhere such as laboratories and lesson theatres. Metal hydride canisters are suitable for mobile applications. These canisters can store up to 940 litres of hydrogen, and the pressure hardly exceeds 15 bars.
The main products in the Heliocentris range include demonstration systems such as the ‘Professional’ and the ‘Instructor’. The ‘Professional’ demonstration system is an entry level unit for demonstrating all aspects of a single cell fuel cell. It includes an electrolyser for hydrogen generation and comes with four lesson volumes covering 25 experiments. The ‘Instructor’ demonstration system is suitable as a second or third undergraduate year system with a range of auxilliary components that allow students to learn about integrating fuel cells into a system.
The Nexa Integration Kit is a system for electrical engineering students working to integrate a fuel cell stack into a variety of applications and investigate how the stack interacts with auzilliary components. The Nexa Integration Kit is suitable for building into a fuel cell powered motor vehicles in alternative energy projects and competitions, as well as commercial applications including stationary power supply systems, back-up power generators and portable products. The Nexa Power Module is licensed to Heliocentris for the education sector by Ballard Power Systems.