Upgen Product Suite

Upstart designs and manufactures the Upgen™ line of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) generators. Our Upgen products are specifically designed to cycle (many on/offs) and to operate only when needed allowing them to pair seamlessly with today’s solar and battery storage systems. Give us natural gas or propane and we’ll give you electricity only when you need it – quietly, efficiently, and reliably!

Upstart Features and Advantages:

  • Dependable 
  • Clean and Carbon Efficient
  • Reduces GHG Emissions
  • Compact
  • Pairs with Storage
  • Optimizes Solar Power Systems
  • Cost-Effective
  • Virtually Silent
  • Uses Available, Affordable Fuels
  • Wall-Mountable
  • Pairs with Solar/PV
  • Provides Long Duration Backup Power

Upgen NXG

The Upgen NXG Fuel Cell Generator is specifically designed for medium power applications including: medium footprint residential, small industrial, and remote power. The Upgen NXG Fuel Cell Generator provides intermittent power as an effective backup solution as well as complementing solar and storage to create self-sufficient grid-independent power systems.

Upgen NXG

Rated Power:1.25 kW 
Energy per Day: ~30 kWhr
Start time:Less than 60 min to full power
Weight:90 lbs.
Dimensions:28x17x10 inches
Input Fuels:Propane or Natural Gas
Includes:System Controls & Power Management
Required:Ethernet, Cellular
Emissions (g/kWh produced):
CO2:727 g/kWh(ICE Generator is 2.4x)
CO:0.5 g/kWh(ICE Generator is 10,000x)
NOX:0.32 g/kWh(ICE Generator is 600x)

Upgen 5

The Upgen 5 is specifically designed for lower power applications including: small footprint residential, small industrial, and selected remote power. The Upgen 5 provides intermittent power as an effective backup solution as well as complementing solar and storage to create self-sufficient grid-independent power systems.

Upgen 5

Rated Power:500W 
Energy per Day:12kWh
Start time:Less than 60 min to full power
Weight:70 lbs.
Dimensions:30x20x7.5 inches
Input Fuels:Propane or Natural Gas
Includes:System Controls & Power Management
Required:Internet connection
Emissions (g/kWh produced):
CO2:727 g/kWh(ICE Generator is 2.4x)
CO:0.5 g/kWh(ICE Generator is 10,000x)
NOX:0.32 g/kWh(ICE Generator is 600x)

Future Products

Building on the foundations of its Upgen 5 and 10 products, Upstart Power will be launching additional SOFC products  under the Upgen NXG product platform. Look for future Upgen NXG products at higher power levels. Also look for products that are further optimized for specific application and interoperability requirements. If you have a volume application in mind, please reach out to us.

Engineer working on computer in workshop

Technology

Upstart utilizes Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology at the core of all of its products. We believe that the unique characteristics of SOFC (high efficiency, low noise, low emissions, available fuels) make it the ideal choice for a wide range of consumer, commercial, and industrial applications.

That said, Upstart Power pursues SOFC technology in a very different way than other companies around the world. We specifically design our unique systems for intermittent operation – meaning that our Upgen systems are able to start quickly and cycle (turn on and off) frequently without sustaining damage. Other SOFC companies deploy systems that are always-on to maintain system stability and avoid degradation due to thermal cycling. Upstart’s ability to effectively cycle our units is a major differentiator and allows us to bring strong and unique value to our targeted applications.

It is important to note that making great fuel cell products isn’t just about fuel cell expertise. Upstart Power and our partners possess world-class technical expertise in electronics, system controls, remote monitoring, interoperability with storage and solar, volume manufacturing, and safety certifications. The combination of these disciplines results in great fuel cell products.

Upgen Unit CAD site

Where to Purchase

Upstart sells its products exclusively through industry – leading partners. At this time, Upstart products are in field trials with several global partners with commercial availability expected to begin in 2022. Watch this space for official product launches and full availability at that time.