Astris Energi Nears Production of Fuel Cells

September 25, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

Astris Energi Inc. (Mississauga, ON) announced that its first prototype cells for commercial power generators in portable, stationary and vehicular applications will be available for testing before the end of October 2002.

The completion of its advanced POWERSTACK MC250 cell has made the schedule possible. The development program for the product was accelerated last spring when demand suddenly increased following the demise of ZeTek Power LLC (UK), the only other producer of alkaline fuel cells in the world. ZeTek had a number of joint venture partners with energy systems depending on ZeTek energy systems, most of which have now come to Astris.

Jiri Nor, president of Astris, stated, "Fortunately, our MC250 is similar in power rating and more compact than the ZeTek cells, so their direct replacement with our units is easy."