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Ultra Electronics USSI

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Ultra Electronics USSI - Awarded contract for Fuel Cell systems for Rail customer

Ultra Electronics USSI announces today that it has been awarded another contract for a large volume of Fuel Cell Systems from strategic partner Red Hawk Energy Systems, LLC of Pataskala, Ohio. The P250i Fuel Cell system provides 24/7 extended run back-up power for railway signals and crossings and is powered by commercially-available propane. This order adds to the existing installation base within North America and provides Ultra Electronics USSI additional backlog to the existing fuel cell production line.

The P250i Fuel Cell is designed to provide 250 watts of extended run back-up power to recharge a battery bank at a rail wayside installation – allowing for days, weeks and even months of back-up power, instead of hours.  The system is designed to sense the battery bank’s voltage and temperature and automatically turn on to recharge the battery bank when battery voltage dips below a pre-determined threshold. Systems are self-contained in an environmental cabinet, ready to install adjacent to trackside railway equipment bungalows, and include necessary operational controls. The system contains a secure compartment for propane fuel as well as a telematics communication system to allow remote monitoring of system status and fuel level.

Patrick Allison, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for USSI commented:“The P250i Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) system is ideal for this application. Rail customers need 24/7, reliable, maintenance-free backup power for these critical locations. Our system significantly reduces labor-intense routine maintenance associated with legacy technologies and increases both reliability and human-free operations by utilization of the remote status reporting functions.”

RedHawk has been a long-standing supplier of prime and back-up power solutions to the rail industry, including Solar and Wind powered systems. The P250i Fuel Cell is used as an extended backup to AC power or can be integrated into a Solar/wind power system. This award is the latest for the successful Ultra Electronics USSI /RedHawk Energy Systems team. 

To learn more about our strategic partner, RedHawk Energy Systems, please visit

Further information about Ultra:

Ultra Electronics is an internationally successful defence, security, transport and energy company with a long track record of development and growth. The Group manages a portfolio of specialist capabilities generating innovative solutions to customer needs. Ultra applies electronic and software technologies in demanding and critical environments ranging from military applications, through safety-critical devices in aircraft, to nuclear controls and sensor measurement. These capabilities have seen the Group’s highly-differentiated products contributing to a large number of platforms and programmes.

Ultra has world-leading positions in many of its specialist capabilities and, as an independent, non-threatening partner, is able to support all of the main prime contractors in its sectors. As a result of such positioning, Ultra’s systems, equipment or services are often mission or safety-critical to the successful operation of the platform to which they contribute. In turn, this mission-criticality secures Ultra’s positions for the long-term which underpins the superior financial performance of the Group.

Ultra offers support to its customers through the design, delivery and support phases of a programme. Ultra businesses have a high degree of operational autonomy where the local management teams are empowered to devise and implement competitive strategies that reflect their expertise in their specific niches. The Group has a small head office and executive team that provide to the individual businesses the same agile, responsive support that they provide to customers, as well as formulating Ultra’s overarching, corporate strategy.

Across the Group’s three divisions, Ultra operates in the following eight market segments:

·  Aerospace

·  Land

·  Communications

·  Maritime

·  C2ISR

·  Nuclear

·  Infrastructure

·  Underwater Warfare