Successful Installation and Operation of IdaTech 3 kW Tactical Fuel
Military and Diesel-Fueled System Developed for US Army Has
Demonstrated High Operational Performance at CERDEC
BEND, OR -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 11/20/07 -- IdaTech, plc, a global fuel
cell solutions provider, is pleased to announce the successful
installation and operation of the 3 kW Tactical Fuel Cell Generator
(TFCG) developed for the US Army. Designed to operate on military
fuels, the prototype system was delivered to the Army
Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering
Center (CERDEC) in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, for comprehensive test and
evaluation by the CERDEC Fuel Cell Team and has operated successfully
and without operational issues since delivery in mid-September.
IdaTech was awarded the contract for a second year of development to
further develop the TFCG system earlier this year. The successful
installation of the TFCG indicates additional progress towards
providing defense organizations with a quiet fuel cell based power
generator for tactical missions.
The initial Factory Acceptance Test was done at IdaTech facilities
and witnessed by Army CERDEC. Early testing at Ft. Belvoir, VA,
included the processing of JP-8, Jet A and diesel (DF2) distillates.
Earlier in 2007, IdaTech announced its contract win for a second year
of development. This next phase has been initiated with the objective
to evolve the TFCG to a more military compliant status.
"Successful delivery and operation of this system, the first low
temperature integrated fuel cell system evaluated by the Army CERDEC
to operate with military fuels, demonstrates IdaTech's capabilities in
processing some of the most difficult fuels to produce hydrogen as
needed. We believe our ability to produce hydrogen onsite from readily
available fuels is what allows us to break through the hydrogen
barrier to fuel cell adoption," said Hal Koyama, IdaTech President
and CEO. "In addition, diesel is one of the world's most commonly
available fuels. This technology has potentially widespread
non-military applications such as the replacement of small diesel
generators with quieter, more reliable and more efficient
diesel-fueled fuel cell systems."
IdaTech is a global leader in the development and manufacturing of
clean and reliable PEM fuel cell solutions for telecommunications,
commercial and industrial backup power from 1 to 15 kW. IdaTech's
unique technologies provide solutions for a wide range of
applications from portable to off grid power and directly support
efforts towards sustainable energy.
IdaTech's portfolio of industry-certified fuel cell solutions are
based on the company's fuel processing, fuel cell stack and power
module and fuel cell system integration capabilities. With the
support of strategic partners and customers, the company's energy
solutions are being deployed domestically and internationally for
stationary, portable and other advanced applications.
For more information on IdaTech fuel cell solutions and advanced
technologies, please visit www.idatech.com.
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