A micro sized version of a tubular PEM fuel cell is proposed, and because of the small size, it could produce from ten to 60 times the power density of plate and frame PEM fuel cells which nominally produce 0.1 W/g and 0.1 kW/L.
NASA Tech Briefs, April 2004, pp. 41-42
(Sept. 2003) T/J Technologies is awarded A National Science Foundation contract for a fuel cell program, “Bimetallic Oxygen Reduction Catalysts for Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells.” This program focuses on developing and demonstrating a new electro catalyst that increases the power density and decreases the costs of the fuel cells. The underlying purpose is to make fuel cells affordable for commercial viability.
(Sept. 2003) The U.S. Department of Defense has published a final report on the one-year demonstration of a residential fuel cell for military facilities. The 3-kiloWatt hydrogen PEM fuel cell developed by AVISTA Labs was installed and operated at the Geiger Field, 242nd Combat Communications Squadron’s building 401. The fuel cell, which ran for over 8.8760 hours, exceeded the 90% availability requirement. For more information, see http://wwwdodfuelcell.com/res/GeigerUpdatedFinalReport.pdf.
(August 2003) Sanyo Electric and Hoku Scientific join to develop a new membrane electrode assembly technology for use in Sanyo’s Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell. The targeted application is for stationary power markets. PEM fuel cell could begin supplementing conventional power production as early as 2005 in Japan.