Avista Labs Awarded New Fuel Cell Patent

May 20, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

Avista Labs (Spokane, WA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Avista Corp. (Spokane, WA), announced that it has been awarded a patent further protecting its claims of modularity in fuel cell system construction. The new patent is the fifth patent issued to Avista Labs and includes 300 claims covering certain basic control and balance-of-plant systems when used in a modular or multiple fuel cell system.

"This new patent adds substantially to the value of our company," said Michael Davis, CEO of Avista Labs. "The key to reliability in fuel cell systems is in a modular approach. When other fuel cell developers build systems that use fuel cells or balance-of-plant components in modular configurations, this patent may require a licensing agreement with us."