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SFC Energy receives German Federal Army order for the extension of their portable MKEV energy supply

SFC Energy AG announces the receipt of an order by the German Federal Army for an extension of the portable MKEV 100 (German: Mobile Kleinstenergieversorgung 100) power supply. The new demonstrator prototype significantly increases energy flexibility and autonomy with an external tank and improved communication functions. The total order amount is EUR 160,000.

With 100 W continuous power the new power supply features four times the performance of SFC Energy’s MKEV 25, which the Federal Army already uses in their missions. As in all fully integrated SFC power solutions, the integrated hybrid battery covers peak power demands.
The new functional demonstrator comes with two portable JENNY fuel cells and SFC Energy’s innovative Power Management. Depending on their individual power demands, users can choose between JENNY 1200 and JENNY 600S fuel cell.

MKEV 100 is housed in a weatherproof case and can also be used underground in undercover missions. Different fuel cartridge sizes can be used with an additional external cartridge connector. This set-up ensures autonomous power availability up to several weeks in a wide variety of mission scenarios.

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New UK partner ZeroAlpha Solutions successfully trials SFC Energy’s fuel cells with UK Ministry of Defence

SFC Energy announces an exclusive new defense industry sales partnership with ZeroAlpha Solutions Ltd., Cardiff, UK, a leading supplier of networking hardware, software and sustainable power solutions to the UK and European defense and security markets.

With their excellent track record as a communications and power systems integrator for the UK defense and security industry, ZeroAlpha Solutions will sell and customize SFC Energy’s portfolio of defence and security power products to meet the specific off-grid power requirements of UK customers in those industries.

“SFC Energy’s fuel cells have successfully demonstrated a true game changing capability to the UK MoD during arduous testing by the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Marine”, says Stewart Burton, Managing Director of ZeroAlpha Solutions. “This technology has clearly shown that it is more than fit for purpose in extending the operational duration of complex vehicle mission systems and dismounted soldiers to equal measures, providing them with a key tactical advantage in the field while reducing their dependency on less efficient legacy power options that fall short of meeting the increasing power demand of our Armed Forces.”

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EMILY fuel cells supply reliable off-grid power to Future Command Vehicle in FFG vehicle kit

SFC Energy AG, a leading international provider of stationary and mobile hybrid power solutions, will present its EMILY fuel cells at the AFCEA trade fair 2017 in Bonn in the FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft mbH concept of "Future Mission Equipment for Specialized Vehicles". This innovative concept introduces a modular approach for the use of state of-the-art systems in specialized, protected command vehicles. The modular approach enables ultra fast and flexible integration of the equipment in existing and new vehicle categories.

In the “Command Vehicle” equipment kit, SFC Energy’s EMILY fuel cell is responsible for supplying autonomous power to the electric and electronic onboard devices. These devices are continuously used for eight or more hours per day. Batteries alone cannot supply the required power. The EMILY fuel cell will produce environmentally friendly power for the on-board systems without ever having to start the engine.

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SFC Energy and Indian Partner receive order for fuel cells from Indian Ministry of Home Affairs

SFC Energy announces receipt and partial delivery of an order by its Indian partner, FC TecNrgy Pvt Ltd, based out of Gurgaon, Haryana, India. An Indian paramilitary border protection force under the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has ordered more than 80 SFC Energy products, accessories and more than 3,000 methanol fuel cartridges.

The Indian paramilitary force will be using SFC Energy’s EMILY 3000 and JENNY 600S fuel cells for reliably powering border protection equipment, electrical equipment and, especially, critical communication systems at border outposts, most of which are at very remote and difficult locations.

“The fuel cells bring major advantages to our customers”, says Karandeep Singh, Managing Director of FC TecNrgy. “Soldiers serving at the border outposts will benefit from major weight reductions, consistent performance and significant savings in fuel and fuel logistics, compared to the heavy generators they have been using so far and make the transition to using highly intelligent yet easy to use and maintenance free energy source in extremely remote and harsh climatic conditions. It will be our endeavor to make pre-planned and focused efforts for seamless training and installation. This will be backed up by dedicated in the region support to our customers. We see a major traction for SFC Energy’s methanol based fuel cells in India in the coming years and are jointly with SFC gearing up for leveraging this potential.”

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SFC Energy strengthens sales focus through Executive Board changes

SFC Energy has made changes in its Management Board to strengthen the Company’s sales orientation in the attractive industrial Defense & Security and Power Product markets. As Chief Sales Officer specifically for the highly attractive defense and security segment, the Supervisory Board has appointed Marcus Binder, a proven defense expert. After 13 years as a Bundeswehr Officer, Binder was ProductLifeCycle Manager at ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH, an electronic system and logistics system integrator for the Defense & Public Security, Cyber/IT and Automotive markets. Effective March 1, 2017, at the latest, Binder will initially take over sales of SFC products and services to the German defense market. Successively, it is planned that he will take over responsibility for national and international sales of SFC Energy’s fuel cells from Dr. Peter Podesser.

In the context of the changes of SFC Energy’s Management Board, the Company’s CEO, Dr. Peter Podesser, will concentrate on broadening the Company’s investor base and on the strategic development of SFC Energy. His responsibilities for the oil & gas business, research & development, human resources and operations remain unchanged. In December 2016, the Supervisory Board has extended the contract with Dr. Podesser for another three years, until March 2020.

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SFC Energy partner AG Group delivers man portable SFC Energy Network to Belgian Army

SFC Energy announces the delivery of an initial order by their distributor, autonomous energy expert AG Group (AG Systems, Chatillon la Borde, France, and AG Europe, AG Systems Genk, Belgium) for the delivery of SFC Energy’s man portable SFC Energy Network. The Belgian Special Forces will use the portable energy network to reliably power soldier devices in a wide variety of missions in austere environments. The order generated revenues to the amount of EUR 0.2 million.

AG Group are autonomous energy experts with a long experience in defense and law enforcement projects. They have been successfully distributing SFC Energy’s portable, mobile and covert power solutions to French Defense, French and Belgian security & surveillance customers, and French Law Enforcement Forces for many years.

“The Belgian Special Forces are now able to accomplish missions that are not feasible with conventional batteries or would require an enormous logistical effort. They are now compatible with the NATO forces that already fielded the SFC fuel cell and power management solutions.”, says Patrick Albert, co-founder of AG Systems and AG Europe, the SFC Energy defense partners in Benelux and France.

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SFC Energy signs Partner Agreement with FC TecNrgy Pvt Ltd for Indian Defense and Industry Markets

SFC Energy announces signature of a Partner Agreement with FC TecNrgy Pvt Ltd, Haryana, India, to promote marketing and sales of SFC Energy’s fuel cell products to the Indian defense, homeland security, and oil & gas markets.

Many Indian defense and homeland security forces operate in remote and off-grid locations, where an uninterrupted, reliable supply of power is a major logistic challenge. Another industry relying heavily on ultra reliable off-grid power is oil & gas. Here power is needed for the safe operation and surveillance of wells, pipelines and production sites at remote locations. In the past, these industries had to depend on generators and large, heavy battery banks. In the climatic conditions of India, solar modules alone cannot reliably operate power off-grid applications.

“There is an urgent need in India for alternative technologies that will reliably work in any weather and season, feature easy installation and logistics, and can be hybridized with other power sources”, says Karandeep Singh, Managing Director of FC TecNrgy Pvt Ltd. “SFC Energy’s DMFC performed well in our tests in the most difficult and challenging climatic conditions, e.g. at extremely high altitudes up to 16,500 feet and in extremely low temperatures. After one year of consistently marketing, demonstrating and validating this technology in Indian conditions we can now offer our customers in India a reliable, environmentally friendly, highly flexible power source that will bring them major operational advantages and huge savings in fuel & related fuel logistics. We see a huge potential for this technology here.”

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EFOY Pro fuel cell powers Event Monitoring Systems on board of Volkswagen Amarok Pickup

SFC Energy announces another security & surveillance success of their popular EFOY Pro fuel cells: Volkswagen uses the maintenance free, environmentally friendly power sources for mobile event monitoring systems on board of their Amarok Pickup. The truck, a pilot for future mobile utility vehicles, is already in operation.

The Amarok Pickup with mobile monitoring system is part of Volkswagen’s security strategy. Video systems on board use a proprietary Volkswagen technology, developed for autonomous, mobile operation with maximum flexibility in any terrain and independent from the grid. The system features immediate readiness with minimum personnel. The integrated fuel cell is responsible for the power supply. Equipped with two 28 l cartridges it will reliably power the on-board systems for over five days without any user intervention.

“We selected the EFOY Pro 12000 Duo for two reasons”, says Andreas Fietze, Group Security Volkswagen. “In operation, it is silent and environmentally friendly: No noise, no emissions! The decisive advantage for us, however, is the tripled autonomy of the on-board systems thanks to the fuel cell. Up to now our teams had to maintain and refuel a generator every second day. Now, the fuel cell powers the monitoring systems on board for up to six days, without us having to do a thing. We can minimize our personnel resources and use them instead for other important tasks.“

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New fuel tank size MT60 for even longer autonomy

SFC Energy has added a new 60 l tank to their EFOY fuel cartridge portfolio. The new tank features SFC Energy’s proprietary security valve. The tank was specifically developed for off-grid and back-up industry applications.

“We created this fuel tank specifically for customers who require even longer autonomy for their off-grid systems”, says Dr. Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Energy. “Many applications in the oil & gas, off-shore, wind industry and many security and surveillance systems have to work reliably over 6 to 12 months without a single user intervention. The MT60 is an important prerequisite for this.”

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SFC Energy receives order for its new UFC (Underground Fuel Cell) from International Defense Force

SFC announces the receipt of an order of a major International Defense Force for the delivery of SFC Energy’s new UFC Underground Fuel Cell. The order is scheduled for delivery in 2017 and has a total value of more than EUR 0.3m. The International Defense Force’s UFC order builds on the success of SFC Energy’s NGFC, for which the Organization had placed an order in early 2015.

SFC Energy’s UFC will be used to reliably power sensor and surveillance equipment in harsh environments. In the mission scenario of this order, the UFC must reliably power the devices for up to two years without any user attendance or fuel cartridge exchanges. For this purpose it is equipped with two standard M28 SFC fuel cartridges (56 l of fuel total).

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