Astris Energi Inc. developers of alkaline fuel cell technology, has completed tests on a prototype of its first commercial fuel cell.Mississagua, Ontario – November 5, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Jiri K. Nor, president, said the power generator, known as the “POWERSTACK MC250,” is suitable for use in a wide variety of portable, stationary and mobile applications. It is nearly twice as powerful yet lower in weight than the company’s LABCELL energy source which it replaces. “When the MC250 goes into production next year,” he added, “Our production capacity will increase six to ten times and its unit cost will be two to three times lower than the LABCELL on a per-kilowatt basis.” “We are now breaking in the new cell and have not taken it to full power yet,” Nor said. “But already the interim results are very good.” Nor noted that Astris has had an earlier alkaline energy system powering a golf car and another to provide electricity, heat and hot water for a home or boat for more than a year. A key step in the project, the design and fabrication of the prototype molds, was accomplished late last month, permitting completion of the first molding runs for test units last week.