RSPB Fuel Cell project
The Antares fuel cell has recently enabled the undisturbed video observation of a pair of white tailed eagles over this last breeding season.
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. This system was selected by The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), because it provides the longest period of operation without human intervention with the smallest visible footprint, thus avoiding disrupting the endangered and highly protected birds during their breeding season.
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 appears that the EFOY Pro 600 has the correct performance for our needs. As the site in situated on an island and the power equipment will be in the open air we have been planning to build a bespoke weatherproof housing. On following the literature trail it appears that the Pro Cube might meet that need. As we wish to leave the nest site undisturbed and the birds are sensitive to intrusions into their territory there is a benefit to maximising the life of the fuel cell on a single fuel charge which makes the M28 a potentially very useful item.