Remote Cathodic Protection Solution

Customer: Husky Energy, Alberta (Canada)

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The Application

As an oil and gas producer, we are regulated to maintain cathodic protection on our steel pipelines & risers. This form of protection against external corrosion, is normally achieved with impressed current rectifiers connected to the power grid. An off grid solution of some type was needed.

The Challenge

Our remote locations were undergoing partial surface decommissioning, which included removal of all electric grid power. The underground pipelines were to remain operational, and still required the cathodic protection to be active 24/7.

The Solution

Install an EFOY ProCabinet Fuel Cell Solar Hybrid solution (corresponds to latest fuel cell generation EFOY Pro 2800) to provide power to the Cathodic Protection controller in place of grid power. The EFOY Pro fuel cells are housed in an insulated NEMA 3R steel enclosure and operate in a hybrid configuration along with solar panels and a shared battery bank. A Cathodic Protection controller unit is integrated into the cabinet to allow for precision voltage & current control to the buried pipelines and anode bed combination.

The Solution:
EFOY Pro 2800

The EFOY Pro 2800, the latest fuel cell generation, is the ideal power supply solution for this application.

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“The best eco-friendly choice!”

Husky is committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner. EFOY Pro Fuel Cells in a hybrid combination with solar, was the best eco-friendly choice. We chose the solution because of its ability to work reliably year round, operate in harsh winters with minimal refueling requirements and the ability to utilize a power source with low CO2 emissions. The total lifecycle cost was also determined to be optimal, compared with alternative approaches.

Dennis Hopper, Pipeline Integrity Technologist - Husky Energy (Alberta, Kanada)

The benefits

Increased Runtime & Autonomy

EFOY Pro Fuel Cells offer fully autonomous and maintenance free hybrid power generation for years at a time significantly reducing yearly operating costs

More efficient & eco-friendly power generation

EFOY Pro Fuel Cells produce power without any harmful emissions, are approximately 10x more efficient than a TEG based CP solution and only consume around 1-2% as much fuel per year when deployed in a Hybrid configuration

Maintenance Free

No maintenance required throughout the lifespan of the Fuel Cell aside from re-fueling every year or two

Easy Installation & Handling

Drop deployable -40°C rated Nema 3R pre-packaged solutions or simple integration onto standard 19” rack units inside existing equipment shelter. 28L Fuel Cartridges are light, spill proof, rated for air transport and are easy to transport to even the most remote site!