Dr. Ivar Kruusenberg, PowerUP Energy TechnologiesDr. Ivar Kruusenberg
In the wake of a global attention to climate change, the quest for using renewable energy sources has met with quite the hype. Among them, solar and wind energy have undoubtedly emerged as the champions of renewable energy technologies. However, most commercial businesses espousing the use of solar or wind power are dealing with a worrisome challenge when it comes to power backup. Now, generally under adverse weather conditions where solar panels are unable to receive sunlight and produce electricity, diesel-based backup generators come into the picture, charging the batteries and powering an entire facility. But there remains a catch! Even though the diesel generators are affordable and readily available, they are neither efficient, eco-friendly, or convenient for the user. Adding to the woes, diesel generators are heavy, noisy, and foul-smelling as well.

By letting customers combine our smart generators with batteries and solar panels, we are helping them create a smart grid system and step into the future of energy generation

With an aim to obliterate these hurdles to seamless electricity generation and storage, Tallinn-based PowerUP Energy Technologies is offering an exceptional line of silent, odorless, and lightweight hydrogen fuel cell smart electric generators that are far more efficient and sustainable than their traditional counterparts. These smart generators allow a user to connect the fuel cell unit in combination with an external battery with solar panels and wind turbines to produce and store excess energy for future usage. The fuel cells act as the main power source during operation. To fuel the generator, hydrogen is provided by external cylinders. Due to the usage of hydrogen fuel, they only emit water vapour, and hence, are favourable for the environment as well.

“By letting customers combine our smart generators with batteries and solar panels, we are helping them create a smart grid system and step into the future of energy generation,” says Dr. Ivar Kruusenberg, Founder and CEO of PowerUP Energy Technologies, who brings over 17 years of fuel cell development experience to the table. What’s more interesting is that the company’s products are powered by machine learning. They are able to learn about the customer’s behavioral patterns and operate accordingly. Also, the smart grid system or ‘ChargeUP’ as the company calls it, is connected to an app where the customer can monitor every communication between a generator, battery and the rest of the electric components in the system and intervene whenever there is a system failure. Besides, the products are 95 percent recyclable, which contributes to enhancing sustainability by reducing carbon footprints across industries.

For a company that has positioned itself as one of the pioneers of modern smart electric generators, it is quite expected of them to serve a huge client base. From the maritime industry to recreational vehicles and off-grid homes, PowerUP Energy Technologies’ brilliant team of experts helps clients across every sector install smart generators and achieve all-around energy efficiency. For instance, whenever clients from the maritime sector turn up with an issue of installing a backup power system, the experts at PowerUP Energy Technologies work in close ties with their customers and devise an appropriate system. “If one generator is not enough, we connect several generators together to create a larger smart grid system and meet their power needs,” adds Dr. Kruusenberg. In addition, since the maritime sector generally deals with heavy batteries, sailboats or yachts often call for a small and compact battery system that would be easy to carry and won’t need to be replaced every six months. To this end, the hydrogen fuel cell generators produced by PowerUP Energy Technologies with integrated battery systems are portable and require bare minimum maintenance. Similarly, in the case of off-grid homes, the company’s engineers all of whom have vast experience in fuel cell development help clients calculate the amount of solar power, batteries, hydrogen fuel, and electric generators they would need to design and build the best possible system for any off-grid operation.

Envisioning the company’s future plans Dr. Kruusenberg notes how excited PowerUP Energy Technologies is to launch a 1 kW and 6kW generator next year to significantly widen their market potential. By the end of 2022, the company is also planning to venture into the African and Southeast Asian markets and get hydrogen-based fuel cell generators more widely available across the region. “The broader aim is to replace as many diesel generators as possible, and reduce the level of CO2 emission to create a cleaner and greener future with our custom energy solutions,” concludes Dr. Kruusenberg.