IdaTech demonstrates methanol fuel cell

Last week, IdaTech successfully demonstrated a small-scale fuel cell system at the World Methanol Conference in Denmark.

Last week, IdaTech, a subsidiary of IDACORP, successfully demonstrated a small-scale fuel cell system at the World Methanol Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

A team of IdaTech engineers led by David J. Edlund, IdaTech’s vice president of technology, demonstrated the efficient, low emissions capability of a 3-kilowatt system with onboard conversion of methanol to hydrogen for the generation of about 3 kilowatts of electric power.

IdaTech is on track to commercialise the first of its 1-kilowatt, 3-kilowatt, and larger fuel cells for UPS, emergency power, and portable and stationary applications in late 2002, and residential applications in 2003.

IdaTech’s products include a patented fuel processor that converts conventional fuels, such as methanol, natural gas and propane, into greater than 99.9% pure hydrogen, which the fuel cell itself then transforms into electricity.

For more information, please visit www.idatech.com or www.idacorpinc.com.