ETI Tech to offer fuel cell technology local telco market

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ETI Tech Corporation Bhd’s unit, ETI Tech Sdn Bhd, is targeting the telecommunications market for its fuel cell technology in a segment estimated to be worth RM1.5 billion annually. Its executive director, Mansor Padzin, said fuel cell technology was a cost saving and environmental-friendly alternative to existing power backup systems at telecommunication base stations.

He said there were 15,000 existing base stations in the country and expected between 4,000 and 5,000 new base stations per annum.

ETI Tech on Oct 10 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the fuel cell technology provider Germany's P21 GmBh to offer the product to the local market.

1160669508ETI Tech Corporation Bhd executive director Mansor Padzin (3rd from left) exchanging documents with P21, GmbH CEO Dieter Braechtken. The signing was witnessed by (from left) ETI Tech Corporation managing director K K Lee, chairmsn Datuk Ch'ng Kong San, MCMC chairman Datuk Dr Halim Shafie and German Ambassador to Malaysia Herbert D Jess
“With exponential growth in the telecommunication sector, we feel the telcos will represent the first major customers for P21 fuel cell powered UPS systems,” he said.

Speaking to reporters after the signing ceremony, Mansor said fuel cells used by P21 used a photon exchange membrane technology to harness electricity from hydrogen.

P21 chief executive officer, Dieter Braechtken, said conventional batteries used as back-up power for base stations needed to operate optimally at temperatures of 20 degrees Celcius.

He added that with the fuel cell technology, which did not require an air-conditioning system, could offer savings of between RM6,000 and RM7,000 per base station.

- THE EDGE DAILY, October 10 2006

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