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Added: Jun 2010

HyLight, a unique new portable lighting and power supply that offers the ability to run lighting in locations away from the electrical grid silently and without the emissions of traditional noisy, polluting diesel generators.

Externally the first model, HyLight150, is a compact, wheeled flight-case, rugged for transportation and easy to deploy where required. Internally, it contains the brand new Hymera hydrogen fuel cell generator and two brand new lightweight hydrogen gas cylinders, both from global industrial gas supplier BOC; a choice of low energy LED lighting systems suitable for architectural, live event or safety applications completes the system.
White Light’s HyLight150 packages will include either four Pulsar ChromaFlood fixtures, with wireless DMX remote control if required – perfect for creating stunning outdoor lighting - or alternatively single colour worklight floods, ideal for providing lighting to car parks or other work areas. HyLight will provide many hours of safe, low-voltage power in such setups, the package rated at 30 hours at 100W with a 150W maximum load, and with the run-time directly proportional to load, in marked contrast to diesel generators. Also unlike those generators, HyLight is silent in operation, and its only waste output is a tiny amount of water – making the system perfect for areas where noise or exhaust fumes are issues, particularly lighting projects in gardens, environmentally sensitive areas, or even indoors. As well as low-voltage power to the lighting fixtures, HyLight150 offers a 240V outlet to power ancillary equipment, if required.
Invented by William Grove in 1839, fuel cells have enjoyed a variety of uses since, including as part of the Apollo space programme. Catalysts within the fuel cell membrane split hydrogen molecules into protons and electrons; the protons pass through the membrane and react with oxygen molecules to make water – the cell’s only waste product. Connecting a load across the two sides of the cell allows the electrons created by splitting the hydrogen to flow as electricity. Hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cells are currently being investigated by many industries, with Honda already offering an experimental hydrogen fuel cell electric car in the USA; suppliers such as BOC are working to ensure that the hydrogen used by such products comes from renewable resources. 


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