Farmingdale, New York [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The Research Foundation (RF) was recently awarded a U.S. patent for Metallic Bipolar Plate Technology developed at Farmingdale State College that will produce clean energy and clear water as its main byproducts.The energy generation technology will make fuel cells more durable, cost effective and commercially viable. Dr. Hazem Tawfik, Director of the Institute for Research and Technology Transfer (IRTT) at Farmingdale State College, invented a bipolar metal plate Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell. Bipolar plates are commonly made of graphite composites. More economical and durable than graphite, the metal developed by Tawfik also reduces hydrogen consumption by at least 24% because of its higher electric conductivity. U.S. patents for SUNY inventions are awarded to the Research Foundation, which is responsible for protecting SUNY intellectual property and commercializing these discoveries for the public good through its five Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs).