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<ul><li><p>NEWS</p><p>2</p><p>Angstrom cleared toship charged metalhydride systems</p><p>Canadian-based micro hydrogenfuel cell developer Angstrom Powerhas received approvals from both theUS Department of Transportation andTransport Canada to ship charged metalhydride systems within and betweenthe two countries. Angstrom is the first and currently only firm to have bothDoT Approval and a Transport CanadaPermit, enabling trans-border shipmentof charged metal hydride systems by air.</p><p>The transportation approvals allow the com-panys micro hydrogen fuel cell systems to beshipped ready for use straight out of the box.The devices store hydrogen on-board in metalhydride materials, and can be refueled from anyhydrogen supply via Angstroms range of refuel-ing stations and cartridges. Devices powered bythe micro hydrogen fuel cells include portablelighting, range extenders, battery chargers andpotentially handheld communications devices,including cell phones and PDAs. The companysmicro hydrogen systems recently set a newmark for energy density for portable powerapplications [FCB, January].</p><p>Under the approvals, Angstrom has blanketauthorization to ship micro hydrogen proto-types and commercial devices for demonstrationand evaluation purposes. A standardized StrongOuter Packaging (SOP) container is requiredfor shipment. The company is also approved forshipment of its micro hydrogen fuel cell systemsvia air cargo, ground, rail freight and cargo ves-sels both within Canada and within the US.</p><p>Contact: Angstrom Power Inc, North Vancouver, BC,Canada. Tel: +1 604 980 9936, www.angstrompower.com</p><p>Plasticization-enhancedhydrogen purificationusing polymer membrane</p><p>Chemical engineers at the Universityof Texas at Austin have developeda membrane offering superior gas sep-aration that can efficiently purifyhydrogen for use in fuel cells and oilrefining. The membrane differs struc-turally and functionally from previousoptions, with a key advantage beingits ability to permit hydrogen toremain compressed at high pressure.</p><p>The team, led by Professor BennyFreeman, separated hydrogen fromCO2 and other contaminant gases, inwork reported recently in Science[DOI: 10.1126/science.1118079].</p><p>Freeman and graduate student Haiqing Lindesigned the membrane material in Freemanslab at the universitys Center for Energy andEnvironmental Resources, working in collabo-ration with Lora Toy and Raghubir Gupta atthe Research Triangle Institute (RTI) in NorthCarolina. The team tested flat, disk-shaped ver-sions of the material for its ability to separatedifferent mixtures of hydrogen and CO2 at35C, 10C and 20C.</p><p>The new membrane not only separates thegases better than previous membranes, but doesso when additional components such as H2Sand water vapor are present. The membrane is40 times more permeable to CO2 than hydro-gen. The material avoids the need for recom-pression by favoring the transport of larger,polar gas molecules as a result of the polarnature of the reverse-selective polymer materialsbased on ethylene oxide. These interact betterwith polar gases such as CO2 than with smaller,nonpolar hydrogen, which is left behind in ahigh-pressure state.</p><p>Plasticization was found to improve themovement of the larger CO2 molecule throughthe new membrane for separation. Several com-panies have already shown interest in collabo-rating to develop the material for industrial-scale applications.</p><p>Contact: Professor Benny D. Freeman, Department ofChemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin,Austin, Texas, USA. Tel: +1 512 232 2803, Email:freeman@che.utexas.edu, www.engr.utexas.edu/che/directories/faculty/freeman.cfm</p><p>NYPA dedicates FCEunit, commissions UTCpower plant</p><p>A250 kWe Direct FuelCell manufac-tured by FuelCell Energy has beeninaugurated at the State University ofNew Yorks College of EnvironmentalScience &amp; Forestry (SUNY ESF) inSyracuse. The installation was facilitat-ed by the New York Power Authority(NYPA), which is also commissioning aUTC Power PureCell 200 fuel cell atan NYC Transit subway and bus main-tenance facility in Corona.</p><p>The FCE carbonate fuel cell installed atSUNY ESF ordered last summer [FCB, July2005] will supply 17% of the electricity used</p><p>Fuel Cells Bulletin April 2006</p><p>Editorial office:Elsevier Advanced Technology</p><p>PO Box 150Kidlington</p><p>Oxford OX5 1ASUnited Kingdom</p><p>Tel:+44 (0)1865 843239Fax: +44 (0)1865 853160</p><p>E-mail: s.barrett@elsevier.comWebsite: www.fuelcellsbulletin.com</p><p>Editor: Steve Barrett</p><p>Production/Design Controller:Stuart Hall</p><p>Permissions may be sought directly from Elsevier GlobalRights Department, PO Box 800, Oxford OX5 1DX, UK;phone: (+44) 1865 843830, fax: (+44) 1865 853333, e-mail: permissions@elsevier.com. 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Because ofrapid advances in the medical sciences, in particular,independent verification of diagnoses and drug dosagesshould be made.Although all advertising material is expected to conformto ethical (medical) standards, inclusion in this publica-tion does not constitute a guarantee or endorsement ofthe quality or value of such product or of the claimsmade of it by its manufacturer.</p><p>02233Printed by </p><p>Mayfield Press (Oxford) LImited</p></li><li><p>NEWS</p><p>April 2006 Fuel Cells Bulletin3</p><p>I N B R I E F</p><p>European hydrogen and fuel cell implementation panel under wayThe new Implementation Panel of the Europ-ean Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Plat-form (HFP), created at the end of last year bythe HFP Advisory Council, has populated itsfive working groups and initiated its activitieswith a plenary meeting.</p><p>The panel will develop an ImplementationAction Plan for applied research &amp; technologi-cal development (RTD) &amp; Demonstrationactions for stationary, transport and portableapplications of fuel cells and hydrogen tech-nologies. The strategy will be compatible withthe concepts being developed for a Joint Tech-nology Initiative under the European Comm-issions 7th Framework Programme [FCB,January], and assimilate the findings of fundedinitiatives such as Roads2HyCom and HyLights.</p><p>The work of the Implementation Panel will bebased on HFP key documents, i.e. the StrategicOverview, Strategic Research Agenda andDeployment Strategy [FCB, April and May 2005].</p><p>For more on the European Hydrogen and FuelCell Technology Platform: www.HFPeurope.org</p><p>Japanese government to let people test-drive fuel cell carsThe federal Ministry of Economy, Trade andIndustry in Japan plans to get people in theOsaka region to test-drive fuel cell-powered carsand try out fuel cell-powered wheelchairs in afive-year initiative beginning in fiscal 2006,Osaka prefectural government officials havetold the Japan Economic Newswire. METI plansto pave the way for FCVs for commercial use.</p><p>The ministry will invite companies to fileapplications to manufacture fuel cell-poweredcars and wheelchairs in the prefecture. Theselected firms will be tasked with solicitingapplications from people at welfare facilities,including homes for the elderly, and selectingdozens of people to use FCVs. The ministrywill install hydrogen fueling stations on Osakaprefectural government premises and at Kansaiinternational airport.</p><p>The ministry will set aside 300 million(US$2.5m) as part of the fiscal 2006 state bud-get to finance the experiment in the fiscal yearto 31 March 2007, the first year of the program.</p><p>Lilliputian financing for micro fuel cellsMassachusetts-based Lilliputian Systems, adeveloper of next-generation micro fuel celltechnology for wireless electronic devices, is toreceive an undisclosed amount of debt financ-ing from Hercules Technology Growth Capital.</p><p>Lilliputian Systems micro fuel cells employ aproprietary MEMS-based technology devel-oped by the companys founders in theMicrosystems Technology Laboratories at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology.</p><p>on campus, as well as providing residual heatfor hot water and heating. The college nowintends to acquire a gasifier in order to convertwood residues and biomass into a synthetic gasto drive the fuel cell, instead of the natural gasused to start up the system taking advantageof the ability of Direct FuelCell power plants tooperate on a variety of methane-based fuels.</p><p>The New York State Energy Research &amp;Development Authority (NYSERDA) provideda $1m grant for the SUNY ESF fuel cell; theproject is also receiving a $250 000 grant fromthe US Department of Defense (DOD) ClimateChange Fuel Cell Program, and a $100 000grant from the Electric Power Research Institute(EPRI) in California. FCEs distribution partnersin the project are Caterpillar and Milton Cat Inc.</p><p>The SUNY ESF installation is the fourth car-bonate fuel cell at an American college, joiningYale University in Connecticut [FCB, February2004], Ocean County College in New Jersey[FCB, October 2002], and Grand Valley StateUniversity in Michigan [FCB, June 2003].</p><p>Meanwhile, the NYPA is working with MTANew York City Transit (NYC Transit) on a $2mproject to power an expanded subway and busmaintenance facility in Corona with a 200 kWephosphoric acid fuel cell from UTC Power.Fueled by natural gas, the fuel cells residual heatwill be used for the domestic hot water system.In the event of a power disruption the fuel cellwill automatically supply electricity to the build-ings non-emergency lights.</p><p>Construction of the new maintenance facilityis currently under way. The project includeslay-up tracks, circuit breaker houses, a signalrelay room and a car washer adjacent to theCasey Stengel Bus Depot, to replace the agingCorona maintenance shop which services the 7Flushing Line. Integrated into the design arephotovoltaic roof cells, natural light and venti-lation, motion detector light switches and astorm water retention system to wash the 7 sub-way car fleet.</p><p>The NYPA has installed 11 fuel cells in theNYC metropolitan region, including eight atmunicipal wastewater treatment plants, wherethe units run on gases produced in the waste-water cleansing process [FCB, February 2002].</p><p>Contact: Yan Kishinevsky, Program Manager Research &amp; Technology Development, New York PowerAuthority, White Plains, NY, USA. Tel: +1 914 681 6200,Email: kishinevsky@nypa.gov, www.nypa.gov/services/fuel%20cells.htm</p><p>Or contact: FuelCell Energy Inc, Danbury, Connecticut,USA. Tel: +1 203 825 6000, www.fuelcellenergy.com orwww.fce.com</p><p>Or contact: UTC Power (UTC Fuel Cells), SouthWindsor, Connecticut, USA. Tel: +1 860 727 2200,www.utcpower.com or www.utcfuelcells.com</p><p>Millennium Cell in jointdevelopments withJadoo, Gecko</p><p>New Jersey-based Millennium Cellhas entered into a strategic devel-opment and licensing agreement withJadoo Power Systems in California, aleading supplier of portable fuel cellpower systems. The agreement willallow Jadoo to license MillenniumCells Hydrogen on Demand technol-ogy for development and commercial-ization within Jadoos current line ofproduct offerings. Millennium Cell hasalso entered into a three-year jointdevelopment program with its neigh-bor Gecko Energy Technologies, tocollaborate on the development andcommercialization of portable fuel cell systems that will pair MillenniumCells Hydrogen on Demand technolo-gy with Geckos thin planar PEM fuelcells.</p><p>For the past two years Jadoo has beenfocused primarily on the professional broadcastand law enforcement markets, but is now mov-ing into new markets such as first respondersand portable offices. The agreement withMillennium Cell will grant Jadoo the rights todesign, manufacture and sell products usingthe formers technology for its targeted mar-kets. The Hydrogen on Demand technologywill provide Jadoo with a high energy density,safe and cost-effective fuel cartridge to comple-ment its existing PEM fuel cell power units.</p><p>We have been selling one of the lowest costfuel cell solutions in the market around$1000 for over two years now, says LarryBawden, president/CEO of Jadoo. MillenniumCells technology will allow us to provide alighter, longer runtime option for our currentproducts, and will allow us to continue to pur-sue and dominate new markets.</p><p>The joint development program with Geckowill see that companys efforts focused on thedevelopment of an easy-to-manufacture fuelcell that provides portable device makers withdesign flexibility, by allowing the thin powersource to be part of the exterior surface of thedevice itself. Initial activities will focus ondeveloping fuel cells to support the introduc-tion of hydrogen power sources for portableelectronic devices, including the developmentof an appropriate fuel cell for traditional andruggedized laptops, remote surveillance cam-eras, long runtime sensors, and wireless net-work and data collection devices.</p></li></ul>