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Defense Funding for Porous Silicon-Based Methanol Fuel Cells

Seattle, Washington [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Neah Power Systems, Inc., based in Nevada, announced that the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal 2007 includes $1.35 million for the continued R&D of a Porous Silicon-based Direct Methanol Fuel Cell for use in portable military devices and electronics. Neah is developing a 45-watt, porous silicon-based micro fuel cell packaged in a size no larger than the military’s BA-5590 battery, currently used in portable power applications. This can offer significant weight savings during extended missions, as well as cost savings. This reflects the U.S. military’s need for portable, lightweight, long-lasting power sources to operate electronic equipment in the field.