FULLY CHARGED: Ron Borton, of Kimberley Kampers, shows off the revolutionary fuel cell designed as an alternative to charge campervan batteries.
FULLY CHARGED: Ron Borton, of Kimberley Kampers, shows off the revolutionary fuel cell designed as an alternative to charge campervan batteries. Jay Cronan

Running on excellence

WITH the 2009 Ballina Shire Northern Star Business Excellence Awards on their way, it seems last year's winner, Kimberley Kampers, is still striving for excellence.

Leading its industry nation-wide, Kimberley Kampers in Ballina has brought out a new prototype fuel cell for lovers of remote and long campervan trips.

Sales director at Kimberley Kampers, Ron Borton, said the fuel cell was a giant advance in charging camper batteries.

“It's pretty cutting-edge stuff as far as charging campers go,” he said.

“Basically we want to encourage more Australians to use sustainable solutions.”

Manufactured in Germany by the SFC Smart Fuel Cell AG Company, Mr Borton said there were only a small number of fuel cells in the country at the moment but around 14,000 in use in Germany.

“Its runs on pure methanol, operates as silent as your laptop and the exhaust produced from it is a minute amount of CO2, the equivalent to a child's breath,” he said.

“It's only weighs about 8kg, it's smaller than a generator and it generates power day and night, regardless of the weather.”

As leaders of the campervan industry, Kimberley Kampers has won many awards including AMP Innovation Award of All Businesses in NSW. “We are constantly developing, have second-to-none customer service, and we're leading the industry as far as technology is concerned which puts us another step ahead of our competitors,” Mr Borton said.

More than 400 guests will attend the Ballina Shire Northern Star Business Excellence Awards gala dinner tonight in the Ballina RSL Club.



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