One of the things we really like to see in the RV industry is innovation, and usually there’s not enough of it. So we like to call out and applaud innovation where we see it. In that spirit, here’s a quick video we shot at the Pomona RV Show this year about a new power technology that will be finding its way into Roadtrek vans soon. The Watt Fuel Cell.
It’s very early in the cycle to tell how this will be received and what space it will find in RVs. On the one hand, it’s clean, quiet power generation. But on the other hand, the capacities are relatively low when compared to your typical RV generator – in other words, you won’t be running your air conditioner off this version of the fuel cell. Time will tell, but I think the best use of this technology would be for charging up a battery bank in a Lithium rig overnight when you don’t want to start the engine and potentially wake yourself up.
They’ve done something else awesome with this device that I hope catches on. They’ve integrated the solar charge controller into the Watt Fuel Cell. This makes a lot of sense because it ensures that the charging sources are working together instead of each at their own program to charge your batteries. This is something we don’t even have in our own lithium-powered rig. If they can just get the inverter/charger and second alternator working through the fuel cell as well, then they’re *really* on to something.
If you’d like to read up more about them, you can find the company website here: The Watt Fuel Cell
And remember, it’s early. I can’t predict where this might lead, but I have to tip my hat to Roadtrek for taking the leap. It could well be that in 5 years time, we have much larger fuel cells that are true generator replacements. Who knows?!