Hoku Scientific Begins Fuel Cell Demonstration for U.S. Navy

The first two stationary fuel cell power plants under Hoku Scientific’s contract with the U.S. Navy are installed at Pearl Harbor and will be demonstrated over a one-year period at a building occupied by the Energy and Business Services Division of U.S. Navy Region Hawaii at Pearl Harbor.

The installation was completed by Hoku Fuel Cells, a business unit of Hoku Scientific, which develops and manufactures fuel cell membranes and membrane electrode assemblies (MEA) for stationary and automotive proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. In May 2006, Hoku Scientific reported that the U.S. Navy had officially accepted the first two of ten fuel cell power plants. Since then, the Navy has accepted two additional power plants, and has completed the approval process for the demonstration site selection and preparation. Of the remaining seven power plants, six will be demonstration systems and are scheduled for factory acceptance, installation and demonstration commencement this summer. “Our commencement of the 12-month demonstration program for the U.S. Navy marks a milestone in the evolution of Hoku Fuel Cells,” said Dustin Shindo, Hoku Scientific’s chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer. “This is our first opportunity to publicly demonstrate the quality of our Hoku MEA products in a real-world customer-driven application. Hoku MEA is our core fuel cell product.” The stationary fuel cell power plants, or demonstration systems, are designed by IdaTech LLC and incorporate Hoku MEA to generate net electrical output of approximately 1.5 kilowatts (kW). Hoku Scientific’s contract with the U.S. Navy requires a minimum net electrical output of 1 kW. Each of the fuel cell power plants incorporates an IdaTech fuel processor that produces hydrogen from a mixture of water and methanol.
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