Avista and Aperion Announce Fuel Cell Agreement

April 21, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

Avista Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary of Avista Corp. (Spokane, WA), and Aperion Energy Systems LLC (Jefferson City, MO) announced a joint agreement to develop and market small-scale backup power solutions using Avista Labs' modular cartridge technology proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells.

Aperion will integrate Avista Labs' fuel cell systems with other components, including hydrogen fuel solutions, and will include Aperion's patented high-efficiency power electronics. Joint marketing efforts will be aimed at commercial applications in telecommunications and utility target markets and other industries with premium power needs or backup power requirements up to 10kW.

"We completed an exhaustive review of PEM fuel cell technologies and concluded that Avista Labs' fuel cells, with their reliable, easy-to-service, hot-swappable cartridges are ideally suited for backup power applications. Additionally, those products are available today," said William Book, Aperion's president and CEO.