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Fuel cell keeps the cameras rolling

Joe Bush, Editor

01/12/2011

Tags: News

UPS Systems has supplied one of its new hydrogen fuel cells, the Mobixane, to documentary makers Renegade Pictures. The fuel cell gives Renegade Pictures a virtually silent portable power supply for its 3D camera equipment, which it is using to film a new Sky TV series about Woburn Safari Park.

Renegade Pictures will be filming on location around the safari park. Its 3D cameras require more power than conventional cameras, and the fuel cell will provide the electricity required to power the extra equipment. Renegade Pictures is using an ex-army truck to help transport its film equipment around the park, and to protect the crew from the wild animals.

The Mobixane portable hydrogen fuel cell can generate up to 2.5kW of power and is being supplied for use as a free-standing or mobile unit so that the production crew can easily transport the unit between locations. The fuel cell is supplied as standard with sufficient hydrogen storage to run at peak load for up to eight hours. Simply changing hydrogen cylinders enables the film crew to run the unit for any length of time.

Claire Bugden, production manager at Renegade Pictures, said, “Previously we’ve used generators to provide power for all of our equipment, but they are very noisy and can be unreliable. We’re there to film the animals so it’s really important that we don’t disturb them and cause them any distress.

“The fuel cell is the ideal source of power for this project. It’s silent when running and is environmentally friendly so it fits with the safari park’s clean image. We couldn’t have done this project without the fuel cell.”

Tom Sperrey, managing director at UPS Systems commented, “The Mobixane is an exciting product for the broadcast industry. Quiet in nature, easy to transport, cheap to maintain and long runtimes mean it’s the perfect portable power source for film and TV use where cameras and lighting can demand a lot of power. Our new innovative rental scheme for fuel cell generators also makes this new technology totally accessible for any business so that they can experience, appreciate and then fully understand the benefits of fuel cells with no up-front capital outlay.”

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