Astris Launches New Fuel Cell Testing Product

November 23, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Astris Energi Inc. (Mississauga, ON), a developer of alkaline fuel cell technology, announced the launch of its next-generation, test load monitoring device for the fuel cell and battery industries, its model TL5 Test Load. The TL5 offers several improvements in performance and functionality over the existing devices, including a 40A range which is required by the MC250, in addition to the 20A range of the TL4. It has improved overload protection, accuracy and repeatability of readings.

"This enhanced test load device is a precursor to the launch in December of our MC250 POWERSTACK fuel cells, which will enable Astris to begin pre-commercial production of the 2.4kW model E8 fuel cell generator," said Jiri Nor, president and CEO. "We are currently in discussion with potential partners to help fund pilot production of the MC250 at our subsidiary in the Czech Republic. The MC250 and E8 have a broad range of potential applications including power backup for uninterruptible power supplies, portable power and small vehicle transportation power."