Headwaters Announces Chinese Fuel Cell Partnership

July 13, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Headwaters Inc. (South Jordan, UT) announced formation of a fuel cell technology development and commercialization joint venture with the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP, Peoples Republic of China). The new partnership will develop, and plans to market fuel cell nanocatalysts, fuel cell membrane electrode assemblies, fuel cell systems and other related electronic devices. Initial focus will be on direct alcohol fuel cells for portable applications.

The nanocatalysts used in the devices facilitate the conversion of simple alcohol fuels such as methanol to electrical energy. Fuel cells are being developed to power portable electrical devices such as cell phones and laptop computers. Through the combination of HNI expertise in nanocatalysis and DICP's fuel cell capabilities, the partnership looks to produce small, durable and cost-efficient fuel cells.