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GenCell A5 off-grid energy solution

An off-grid fuel cell providing cost-effective, emission-free power from ammonia

April 2021
Gallery GenCell A5 off-grid energy solution  1
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More than 1.1 billion people lack electricity for lighting, telecom, cooking & economic development. With 84% of these people living in rural areas beyond the reach of power grids, solutions are needed to provide clean and affordable electricity to these people. The GenCell A5 nano-plant is an off-grid power solution that provides the benefits of green fuel cell energy with an inexpensive and easily accessible liquid fuel: anhydrous ammonia. This Solution can be used for telecommunications and rural electrification, a critical need for improving quality of life in off-grid communities. In the 2020s, more than 1 million telecom towers will be in off-grid or in poor-grid locations powered by diesel generators that pollute the air and contaminate the soil. With this Solution, off-grid communities can gain access to improved communications and electricity without pollution and emissions.

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Label Date April 9, 2021
From Israel
Maturity stage Prototype testing in the real world
Looking For Network, New clients, Partners

Implementation Stories

GenCell A5 off-grid energy solution by GenCell Energy
Implemented by Vodafone Mobile in Bucharest (Romania) in 2022

The objective of the field test was to evaluate the ammonia-based power solution’s performance, resilience and cost-savings potential. Upon demonstration of the resilient and reliable performance of the solution, Vodafone will showcase it to different business units. GenCell’s technology is designed for placement in remote locations distanced from urban areas, and to supply continuous power in harsh environments and weather conditions with minimal human intervention or maintenance. While ammonia and hydrogen don’t emit CO2 at the point of use, producing ammonia does currently rely on fossil fuels. By developing the hydrogen and ammonia fuel cell technology, Vodafone is making them ready for the future powered by fuels from renewable sources. GenCell is seeing a substantial uptake in interest in its solutions across the telecom sector, especially in Europe where regulations are tightening against carbon emissions.



The environmental benefits

  • Enables cost-effective hydrogen logistics, since anhydrous ammonia stores 30% more energy per unit volume than liquified hydrogen
  • Zero-emission ammonia cracking process to generate hydrogen from ammonia
  • A non-polluting and low carbon alternative to diesel generators
  • Off-grid and bad-grid towers globally require 7.2 TWh, equivalent to 150 million barrels of diesel per year
  • A single 12 tonne tank of ammonia provides enough fuel for a year of 24/7 operations

The Financial benefits

  • Delivers more than 40% savings on the cost per kWh compared to diesel
  • Installing the GenCell A5 at 1,000+ sites could save up to $250 million or more compared to diesel solutions
  • Ammonia has more than 3 times the energy density of hydrogen, reducing OPEX costs; No platinum required, reducing CAPEX costs

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Company Profile

GenCell Energy

GenCell fuel cells deliver reliable, affordable clean power for humanity that renders diesel generators obsolete.

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Headquarters Shmu'el Salant St 16, Petah Tikva, Israel

Networking Partner

European Startup Prize for mobility

European Startup Prize for mobility supports breakthrough innovations that will shape the transport and mobility landscape in Europe and around the world.

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Via iD

With offices in Europe, USA and Asia, Via ID is a business accelerator that supports in the long term startups and projects related to new modes of mobility: daily, smart, sustainable.

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