RSPB Fuel Cell project
The Antares fuel cell has recently enabled the undisturbed video observation of a pair of white-tailed eagles over their breeding season.
This system was selected by The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), because it provided the longest period of operation without human intervention and with the smallest visible footprint. The fuel cell system was provided to the RSPB ready to be deployed. Antares provided the fuel cell, the Methanol, the housing structure, and the support.
The RSPB installed a remote camera installation at a white-tailed eagle’s nest in the West Highlands of Scotland and used a Direct Methanol Fuel Cell to provide power for the camera and a wireless Ethernet bridge.
It appeared that the EFOY Pro 600 had the correct performance for their needs. As the site was situated on an island and the power equipment was in the open air they planned to build a bespoke weatherproof housing. On following the literature trail it appeared that the Pro Cube might meet that requirement. As they wished to leave the nest site undisturbed for the maximum possible time, there was a benefit to maximising the life of the fuel cell on a single fuel charge, which made the M28 a very useful item. As the birds are sensitive to intrusions into their territory, this avoided disrupting the endangered and highly protected birds during their breeding season.