RES 21 - Renewable-Energy-Solutions-Programm

Reliable and clean power supply in the
Canadian Winter

Sunfire Fuel Cells GmbH and its Canadian partner Ensol Systems Inc. commissioned a Propane fuelled Sunfire-Remote 400 fuel cell generator on a remote mountain top site at 8,000 ft elevation west of Calgary on 11.01.2023.

This will ensure the power supply for a radio station on the mountain peak during the winter months, which can be approached by walking or helicopter only. While sufficient solar energy is available from photovoltaic modules in the summer months, icy winds and temperatures below -30 °C make the mountain temporarily inaccessible in winter.

With the high-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) used in the Sunfire Remote 400, operation with widely available and inexpensive Propane is possible without stack respectively exhaust pipe freezing, or oil changes becoming necessary, as is usual with technical alternatives.

Furthermore, the fuel cell generator which was introduced to the European market in 2014, enables very long maintenance intervals of up to 10,000 operating hours. The user can increase the operational safety and reduce not only costs but also emissions.

This project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action as part of the Renewable Energy Solutions Programme of the German Energy Solutions Initiative.


SFFC-Moose Mountain
SFFC-BZ Generator Mountain Top Radio Station
Sunfire Festoxidbrennstoffzelle - Rocky Mountain Berggipfel2

German Energy Agency (dena)

The German Energy Agency (dena) is a centre of excellence for the applied energy transition and climate protection. dena studies the challenges of building a climate-neutral society and supports the German government in achieving its energy and climate policy objectives. Since its founding in 2000, dena has worked to develop and implement solutions and bring together national and international partners from politics, industry, the scientific community and all parts of society. dena is a project enterprise and a public company owned by the German federal government. Dena’s shareholder is the Federal Republic of Germany.

German Energy Solutions Initiative

With the aim of positioning German technologies and know-how worldwide, the German Energy Solutions Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action (BMWK) supports suppliers of climate-friendly energy solutions in opening up foreign markets. The focus lies on renewable energies, energy efficiency, smart grids and storage, as well as technologies such as power-to-gas and fuel cells. Aimed in particular at small and medium-sized enterprises, the German Energy Solutions Initiative supports participants through measures to prepare market entry as well as to prospect, develop and secure new markets.


(RES Programme)

With the RES programme, the Energy Export Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action (BMWK) helps German companies in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors enter new markets. Within the framework of the programme, reference plants are installed and marketed with the support of the German Energy Agency (dena). Information and training activities help ensure a sustainable market entry and demonstrate the quality of climate-friendly technologies made in Germany.


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