Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power Rock ‘n Roll Music

Protium, the world’s first fuel cell-powered rock band, fueled by Millennium Cell’s Hydrogen on Demand hydrogen fuel system, will perform today as part of the 2003 Fuel Cell Seminar in Miami, Florida. A high school rock band from Glocester, Rhode Island, Protium will headline at the Manufacturer’s Reception at the Eden Roc Hotel. Their sound system is powered by a 1-kW fuel cell fueled by the Millennium Cell hydrogen delivery system. The band will play three 40-minute sets from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight. Their song list includes rock, blues, and jazz selections.

Miami, Florida – November 4, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] “Millennium Cell is proud to provide its new 1.5-kW rack mount Hydrogen on Demand system to the students from Ponaganset High School and their science teacher, Ross McCurdy,” said Dr. Stephen S. Tang, Millennium Cell President and CEO. “Our fuel system provides Protium and their audience with a new way of experiencing ‘unplugged’ performances. Ross is using an extraordinary hands-on approach to teaching science and Millennium Cell is happy to be blazing these trails along with him.” The band is one way that Ross McCurdy teaches his students about the coming hydrogen economy. He plans to incorporate fuel cell technology as part of the entire science department curriculum. Millennium Cell’s Hydrogen On Demand system provides a recyclable source of pure hydrogen that can be used with fuel cells of all sizes (from micro fuel cells that power cell phones to primary propulsion fuel cells for transportation applications) or fed to internal combustion engines. When used with a fuel cell, the only emission is water vapor. As a liquid fuel it is compatible with existing infrastructure for liquid petroleum fuels, produces about the same amount of energy per gallon as that of gasoline, and is safe to produce, store, and transport. The Hydrogen on Demand system generates hydrogen from sodium borohydride, which is derived from sodium borate, commonly known as borax. Dissolved in water and passed through a proprietary catalyst chamber, the sodium borohydride releases a perfect stream of pure hydrogen (on demand) to power a fuel cell or an internal combustion engine. The fuel’s byproduct is water and borax. According to Eatontown, New Jersey-based Millennium Cell, the Hydrogen on Demand systems are scalable to applications from small (cellular phones and personal digital assistants) to medium (auxiliary power units for standby power to boats, scooters) to large (automobiles).

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