Estonian Government to Fund Fuel Cell R&D

September 11, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

The Estonian Technology Agency (ESTAG, Estonia, UK) and AS Elcogen (Tallinn, Estonia) signed a contract under which the Estonian government will be funding the development of fuel cell technology. In the first phase, Elcogen will receive a grant in the amount of EUR 218,000 earmarked for co-financing research and development. At present, Elcogen has invested over EUR 300,000 of its own funds in the project.

The objective of the research and development is to develop proprietary technology for intermediate temperature solid-oxide fuel cells to form a basis for Elcogen to continue developing a modular solid-oxide fuel cell system. The system that is being developed by Elcogen is a scalable power generation plant based on a 1kW fuel cell stack operated on natural gas.