Protonex Technology Corp., a leading provider of advanced fuel cell power systems, today (Sept. 15) announced that it has partnered with Cummins Onan, a business group of Cummins Inc., to cooperate in the promotion of advanced fuel cell power solutions into the recreational vehicle market.
Under the terms of the agreement, Protonex and Cummins Onan plan to jointly conduct rigorous field testing of the Protonex M250-B fuel cell power system within RVs and Cummins will provide Protonex with selected marketing assistance at trade shows and other related events. In addition, Cummins is in the process of becoming a certified installer of Protonex fuel cell systems developed for RVs. The resulting testing, certification and promotional efforts are expected to facilitate the delivery of Protonex fuel cell power solutions to the RV market.
“Protonex is very pleased to have been selected by Cummins as a partner for providing advanced fuel cell power solutions to the RV market,” stated Scott Pearson, Protonex CEO. “Teaming with the global industry leader in commercial mobile power generation will have a significant impact on our ability to reach the RV market and will enable us to broaden the accessibility of fuel cell power solutions to consumers and the commercial mobile market.”
Ed Pickens, RV marketing manager for Cummins Power Generation, added, “We look forward to working with Protonex to explore applications for fuel cell technology in the RV market. As the RV market evolves, we see a role for fuel cells as a solution for mobile power needs.”
Protonex is displaying its M250-B fuel cell power system in the Cummins Onan Booth (Booth H) at the 41st Annual Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show–one of America’s largest RV shows–Sthis week in Hershey, Pa.
The M250-B power system leverages breakthrough advances in fuel cell and hybrid power technology developed by Protonex. The proprietary technology blends the advantages of a fuel cell power generator with conventional hybrid batteries. The M250-B runs on safe, clean, biodegradable methanol fuel. The system is configured to seamlessly integrate with existing power components typically found in an RV, including deep cycle batteries, generators, inverters, chargers, solar panels and alternators.
Protonex Technology Corp. is backtracking on plans to make its hydrogen fuel cell systems available to the recreational vehicle market, according to the Worchester (Mass.) Business Journal.
The company had intended to introduce the M250-B fuel cell to RVs this year, but said it needs time to make the technology “more economically attractive” to that market. In the meantime, the Southborough, Mass.-based company will focus more of its business development resources on the military version of the product.
The company said it is seeing a substantial increase in funding opportunities from the U.S. military, its core customer.
Also, the weak economy has severely impacted the RV market and the company’s current development schedule would’ve resulted in a mid-summer launch of the M250-B. Mid-summer is traditionally a slow time for RV sales.
The RV market and the economy as a whole have more potential to improve in 2010 than this year, the company said. By then, the M250-B will cost less to produce, the company said.