Sprint is looking at Ballard's Electogen for remote towers. They are not directly involved with this rooftop thing, and someone else is making the stacks .... but the more Hydrogen is accepted anywhere for anything, is a good thing for Ballard and all the Hydrogen fuel cell companies
Through these partners we deliver complete fuel cell power generation solutions directly to network and service providers including Nokia Siemens, Motorola, Deutsche Telecom and Vodacom.
Industry utilization of fuel cells should have a positive impact on all OEMs in this space. However these are not Ballard stacks as they are not mentioned as one of the participants in the grant.
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded Sprint $250,000 to test fuel-cell-powered backup systems for rooftop telecommunications systems, which should reduce carbon emissions while being easier to install and refuel than older systems. Air Products, Altergy Systems, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Inc., CommScope Inc., First Element Energy LLC, IGX Group, Inc. and ReliOn Inc. will participate with Sprint in the project.
ballard put a link to this up on their FB page--i am hoping they are not pulling our leg and that they are the stacks inside these system---would be a big big boost even if they could just say they are a part of this development program
although sprint will not even begin to install them until the end of 2014
so once again, hurry up and wait
According to last few calls, BLDP was in talks with Sprint on cell tower backup. Its been dragging for a while actually, and maybe the DOE cash funding will help to expedite things. BLDP posted this link on their FB page so they will be benefiting from this for sure.