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Never out of power – new and unique portable fuel cell charger that runs on ordinary water to be showcased at CES 2012


PowerTrekk is the world’s first portable fuel cell charger for consumer use that runs on ordinary water. Just add water to the PowerTrekk puck and you will never be out of power no matter how far away from an electricity grid you are. PowerTrekk will be showcased at CES 2012.

Stockholm, January 3, 2012 – Millions of people worldwide lack connection to the electricity grid from time to time. Swedish fuel cell pioneers myFC is now launching a unique solution to this problem – PowerTrekk, a cutting edge product that uses clean fuel cell technology which efficiently converts hydrogen into electricity. Users simply insert the Pow­erTrekk puck and add ordinary water to provide instant power on the go.

“PowerTrekk Water Charger gives your mobile phone power anywhere at any time”, says Björn Westerholm, CEO at myFC. “From now on, you do not have to rely on having an electricity grid nearby.”

Unlike solar chargers, fuel cell power is reliable and quickly generated. The speed of charging is not impacted by weather or solar position. Furthermore, there is no power degradation like there is with batteries.

“The launch of PowerTrekk marks a paradigm shift in fuel cell technology and at myFC we are very excited to bring this cutting edge product to the end consumers”, says Björn Westerholm, CEO at myFC.

Millions of people worldwide lack connection to the electricity grid from time to time. This applies for people in emerging markets as well as outdoor enthusiasts and daily cell phone users all over the world. With the launch of the first ever water based fuel cell for commercial use there is now a clean energy solution when in need of a portable source of power. PowerTrekk is both a portable battery pack and fuel cell, intended for people who spend time away from the electricity grid. PowerTrekk provides instant power anywhere to electronic equipment such as cell phones, GPS-devices and cameras.

To try out and learn more about PowerTrekk at CES, join myFC in the Industrial Revolution booth #72558 at PMA@CES, in the Venetian hall (Hall D, level 2).

January 4, 2012 - 8:18 PM No Comments

Navy Researchers Investigate Small-Scale Autonomous Planetary Explorers Using Microbial Fuel Cells

Electron microscope image of the microbe, Geobacter sulfurreducens, the core of the microbial fuel cell-based system.

Robotic exploration to remote regions, to include distant planetary bodies, is often limited by energy requirements to perform, in repetition, even the simplest tasks. With this in mind, researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are looking into a novel approach that could some day aid scientific space and planetary research without the need for power-intense options often used today.

Integrating the NRL developed technologies in microrobotics, microbial fuel cells, and low power electronics, space robotics scientist Dr. Gregory P. Scott at NRL’s Spacecraft Engineering Department inspires a novel autonomous microrover, weighing in at nearly one-kilogram and powered by an advanced microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology.

“The goal is to demonstrate a more efficient and reliable energy source for use in powering small robotic vehicles in environments where the option for human intervention is non-existent,” said Scott. “Microbial fuel cells coupled with extremely low-power electronics and a low energy requirement for mobility addresses gaps in power technology applicable to all robotic systems, especially planetary robotics.”

The MFC was selected because of its long-term durability owing to the ability of microorganisms to reproduce and the bacterium’s high energy density compared with traditional lithium-ion power sources. This research explores in more detail the use of microbes as a power source and moves to eliminate the existing bulk associated with MFC infrastructure, such as large, power intensive pump systems and MFC mass and volume requirements.

A portion of the energy generated by the MFC will be used to maintain onboard electronics and control systems with the remaining energy directed toward slowly charging a battery or capacitor until a sufficient amount of electricity is collected. Once sufficient power is stored, the system can then discharge this collected energy to activate a more power intensive scientific instrument or to propel the rover forward using a novel tumbling or hopping locomotion system.

Focusing on a pure culture anaerobic bacterium, such as Geobacter sulfurreducens, as the core of the microbial fuel cell-based system, the power generation technology for this research would have an exceptionally long lifetime, beneficial for recharging onboard batteries or capacitors and providing for long-duration scouting missions.

“As we move forward in the utilization of MFCs as an energy generation method, this research begins to lay the groundwork for low powered electronics with a long-term potential for space and robotic applications,” adds Scott.

Through his selection as a Fellow to the newly re-instated NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, Scott was awarded a research grant to investigate the initial phase of this innovative concept.

The MFC research group at the Naval Research Laboratory has a proven track record of developing novel biological power generation systems both within the laboratory and in the field. NRL researchers have provided real-world demonstration of these systems as a practical alternative to batteries for low-power consuming applications. Much of this success has been in the proof-of-concept practical applications of MFC-powered maritime sensors

January 4, 2012 - 12:24 PM No Comments

Intelligent Energy presents at the French Senate

Dr. Henri Winand, Chief Executive of Intelligent Energy, gave a presentation at the French Senate on 19th December as part of a seminar on hydrogen fuel cell technologies and the wider energy landscape.

The seminar was hosted in the French Senate by Senator Jean-Marc Pastor under the patronage of the President of the Senate, Jean-Pierre Bel. Dr. Winand was invited to present by the French association for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (AFHYPAC) and the regional Hydrogen Association (PHyrénées).

Those attending the seminar included industry stakeholders, government representatives, Senators and Members of the French Parliament.

January 4, 2012 - 8:00 AM No Comments

AlumiFuel Power Updates New Initiatives

New Emerging Relationships With Major Industry Players Provide Access to Billion Dollar Portable, Back-Up Power and Vehicular Markets

PHILADELPHIA, PA–Early production stage hydrogen generation company AlumiFuel Power, Inc. (”API”), the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based wholly owned operating subsidiary of AlumiFuel Power Corporation (OTCBB: AFPW) (the “Company”), today announced several important developments involving its operations heading into the new year.

In November 2011 API moved out of the University City Science Center, and is now in the process of relocating into a larger laboratory facility in an industrial park in the Philadelphia suburbs, which will enable API to expand into light production. This relocation also will have a positive impact on API’s bottom line since monthly rental and operating expenses will be significantly reduced.

API also has exciting developments involving several different technology applications. In the portable power arena, API has an emerging relationship with one of the world’s largest manufacturers of PEM fuel cells. The advanced engineering solutions group of this company initiated contact with API — seeking a new hydrogen generation technology that can be paired with their fuel cell systems to open up new man-portable and back-up power applications and markets. In a related vein, API is in discussions with a major University regarding a partnership to commercialize their unique hydrogen storage Intellectual Property, which is highly synergistic with API’s hydrogen generation technology. This new initiative would provide an entry into new fuel cell markets for vehicular, back-up and auxiliary power applications. Further public announcements will be forthcoming as these relationships evolve.

In the Portable Balloon Inflation System (PBIS) area, API’s contract with the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command to develop and deliver a new PBIS-2000 system has generated considerable market interest. The meteorological systems group of the largest U.S. defense contractor has stated that the API unit is ideal for mobile and remote lift gas operations as compared to other field hydrogen generation systems. They have expressed interest in a potential mentor/protégé relationship, which would include the identification of new customers. API will be interacting with the Air Force Special Operations customer and this defense contractor at the 92nd annual American Meteorological Society meeting in New Orleans in late January, 2012.

In addition, API’s military customer for the PBIS-1000 system, initially delivered in 2010, has advised that no other lift gas solution can come close to the PBIS-1000 in satisfying their requirements, and that they are still very interested in moving forward with the procurement process.

API’s President & CEO, Mr. David Cade, said, “As we enter 2012, we are looking forward to pursuing the many new exciting opportunities highlighted above. Despite the global economic downturn, we remain optimistic about commercializing our unique technology, and are encountering an increasing number of addressable applications and markets.”

About AlumiFuel Power, Inc.
API (www.alumifuelpowerinc.com), the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based wholly owned operating subsidiary of AlumiFuel Power Corporation, is an early production stage alternative energy company that generates hydrogen gas and steam/heat through the chemical reaction of aluminum, water, and proprietary additives. This technology is ideally suited for multiple applications requiring on-site, on-demand fuel sources, serving National Security and commercial customers. API’s hydrogen feeds fuel cells for portable and back-up power; fills inflatable devices such as weather balloons; can replace costly, hard-to-handle and high pressure K-Cylinders; and provides fuel for flameless heater applications. Its hydrogen/heat output is also being designed and developed to drive fuel cell-based and turbine-based undersea propulsion systems and auxiliary power systems. API has significant differentiators in performance, adaptability, safety and cost-effectiveness in its target market applications, with no external power required and no toxic chemicals or by-products.

About AlumiFuel Power Corporation
AlumiFuel Power Corporation operates through its wholly owned operating subsidiary, AlumiFuel Power, Inc., a Philadelphia-based early production stage alternative energy company that generates hydrogen gas and heat for multiple applications requiring on-site, on-demand fuel sources.

January 4, 2012 - 6:53 AM No Comments