Michigan Fuel Cell Manufacturer Adaptive Energy Receives Global Innovation Award; Large Railway Order

Adaptive Energy recognized at Dubai event for unique propane fuel cell technology that provides backup and offgrid power for rail crossings, remote radio networks, weather aviation cameras and other critical infrastructure

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#alternativeenergy–Adaptive Energy, a leading designer and manufacturer of low-watt solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) for backup and offgrid power, last week won a Global Innovation Award at the Global Technology Conference (GTC) for LPG Week in Dubai. The Michigan-based company was selected as runner-up for Most Innovative Propane-Powered Technology, making it the only SOFC company ever to receive this prestigious award.

Representing Adaptive Energy was CEO Michael Edison, a veteran of the clean energy movement. His presentation highlighted how SOFCs enable greater use of alternative energy for critical infrastructure.

“At Adaptive Energy, our goal is to increase the reliability of critical low-watt infrastructure while reducing its carbon impact,” Edison said. “Remote sites often lack reliable access to grid power, so alternative energy sources like wind and solar are vital. But when harsh weather interrupts power production, this critical infrastructure can fail. That’s where our propane fuel cells come into play.”

The need for reliable backup and offgrid power is what also led major railway partner RedHawk Energy Systems, LLC to place their largest order to date, in December.

“This is our second consecutive major order from Adaptive Energy this year,” said Matt Ulrich, Rail Sales for RedHawk Energy Systems. “Our rail customers love the simplicity and low maintenance needs of the P250i. Instead of babysitting legacy gas/diesel generators that require constant refueling and routine maintenance, the P250i can provide days, weeks and even months of reliable power with minimal personnel involvement.”

During his presentation at LPG Week, Edison shared three key alternative energy use cases for SOFCs:

  • Uninterruptible power for critical transportation infrastructure, such as railway crossings, signals and switches
  • Hybrid offgrid power (including solar, wind or other renewables) for remote applications like back-country radio networks or aviation and weather-monitoring equipment
  • Reliable uptimes for solar-powered trailers that provide mobile surveillance, environmental monitoring, communications and other critical functions

Adaptive Energy is uniquely positioned to address these concerns thanks to patented, highly durable, clean SOFC technology that has been engineered to excel in extreme conditions, from -40°C to 50°C. With a 22-year history of commercializing SOFCs, it has been the leading provider of propane fuel cell technology across industries.

The company has long-standing relationships with U.S. federal agencies, major Class I railways via partner RedHawk Energy Systems, LLC, and other commercial customers where consistent uptimes are critical.


Jennifer Kay, Jen@AdaptiveEnergyLLC.com