Fuel Cell Powered Minibar for Train Operators

Providing hot and cold food and drinks on trains is a valuable revenue stream for train operating companies. However, the choice of electrical appliances and hence, goods, is limited by today’s conventional power sources: batteries. Batteries provide a limited amount of energy and are prone to needing replacing. CEKA’s IHPoS-E 500W fuel cell system has already been successfully integrated into a minibar for Swiss trains, providing freshly made coffee and onboard refrigeration.

CEKA is interested to speak with train operating companies and providers of onboard beverage equipment to explore additional projects around Europe. We are also interested to talk tom event organisers and catering companies in general.

Case Study SBB

Existing battery solutions (Li-Ion, NiMeH, etc.) typically lose 25-30% of the nominal capacity within only a few months of operation. As a consequence, the batteries need to be exchanged several times a day: worst case scenario is an empty battery during peak hours where 75% of revenue is generated. In contrast, operation with CEKA’s fuel cell system allows uninterrupted operation. Also, in case the hydrogen cylinder is empty, it can be exchanged in a matter of seconds, while batteries need ca. 10-15 minutes. Whilst the fuel cell solution capital cost is higher as compared to batteries, the operating costs and hence the overall costs are significantly lower.

Additional Value

  • Increased range of goods – ice creams, fresh coffees (cappuccino etc), iced cold drinks
  • Security of power – no loss of revenue
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Hydrogen H2
Transportation Applications
Portable Power Applications
Fuel Cell Type
PEMFC - Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells


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