International Fuel Cells (IFC), South Windsor, Connecticut, U.S., has developed a way to boost the power of automotive fuel cells while at the same time shrinking their size. This is a significant step toward commercializing fuel cells for automobiles.
IFC developed the technology to increase the amount of power a fuel cell will produce per liter, also known as the fuel cells' power density. The IFC fuel cell generates 1.5 kW of power per liter, 15 percent more power than competitors' fuel cells.
"Our fuel cell performance exceeds the best power densities reported to date," says William T. Miller, IFC president. "In addition, our system operates at near atmospheric pressure, which means it is quieter, less complex and more efficient than the pressurized systems more commonly under development."