Grid Scale, Storage

Portable Fuel Cells Developed by H Power and Dupont

A fuel cell development company, H Power Corp, has signed a joint development agreement with DuPont Fluoroproducts to develop direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC) for portable and mobile applications.

CLIFTON, New Jersey, US, 2001-09-14 [] “We believe that the development and commercialization of portable direct methanol fuel cell products will result in an industry-wide paradigm shift with substantial benefits for consumers,” says Frank Gibbard, CEO at H Power. “Direct methanol fuel cells will operate consumer products much longer than rechargeable batteries.” Under the agreement, the two companies will work together to develop DMFC products in the output range of 100 to 1,000 watts, initially targeted to mobile applications such as scooters, bicycles and golf carts. The technology can also be applied to consumer products such as power tools and other battery replacement applications. H Power will provide expertise in the area of designing and manufacturing fuel cell stacks and systems where DMFC’s can be used. DuPont will provide H Power with advanced materials based on its DuPont™ Nafion® membrane technology. As part of the agreement, H Power has delivered a proof-of-concept product to a potential customer and intends to deliver an integrated system in the near term.