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Fuel Cell Bicycles get a Help From DuPont
 
08/29/2001
Fuel Cell Bicycles get a Help From DuPontH Power Corp., a leading fuel cell development company, today announced it has formed a joint development agreement with DuPont Fluoroproducts aimed at developing direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC) for portable and mobile applications.

Under the agreement, the two companies will work together to develop direct methanol fuel cell products in the range of 100 to 1000 watts, initially targeted to mobile applications, such as scooters, bicycles and golf carts. This technology could also be applied to consumer products such as power tools and other battery replacement applications.

H Power, a leader in designing fuel cell stacks and systems, will provide expertise in the area of designing, developing and manufacturing fuel cell stacks and systems where DMFC's can be used. DuPont Fluoroproducts will provide H Power with advanced DMFC materials based on its DuPont(TM) Nafion(R) membrane technology and will cooperate in the design of stacks and components. As part of the agreement, H Power has delivered a proof-of-concept product to a potential customer and intends to deliver an integrated system in the near term.

"We believe that the development and commercialization of portable direct methanol fuel cell products will result in an industry-wide paradigm shift with substantial benefits for consumers," says H. Frank Gibbard, chief executive officer for H Power. "Direct methanol fuel cells will operate consumer products much longer than rechargeable batteries."

"This joint effort with DuPont Fluoroproducts will benefit H Power by allowing us to offer products to more people in more markets," says Gibbard. "We believe that portable direct methanol fuel cell products will complement our existing portfolio of portable, mobile and stationary fuel cell product offerings. In addition to expanding our product line, this joint development agreement expands our growing list of world-class relationships. We believe that this is the first step in the formation of a growing relationship between our two companies and we look forward to working with this world-class leading science and technology company."

"DuPont is pleased to be working with an industry leader like H Power on portable and mobile direct methanol fuel systems," says David L. Peet, director

www.hpower.com



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