IdaTech Announces Delivery and Testing of Fuel Cell System to France

May 07, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

IdaTech (Bend, OR) announced the delivery and successful testing of a 3kW fuel cell system to the research and development division of Electricite de France (EDF). The system, packaged in a ribbed metal enclosure with plastic wraparound panels, is designed to supply enough electricity, as well as clean, useable heat, to power a typical single-family home. While the fuel for the first EDF unit is methanol, future models are being designed to generate electricity from natural gas, propane, kerosene, diesel, and other conventional fuels.

“EDF will be field-testing the prototype unit this spring. Our patented design is targeted for a residential application in France, but it applicable to any location in the world where fuel is available," commented Alan Guggenheim, president of IdaTech. “We are proud that EDF chose IdaTech for this project. We foresee a valuable relationship with this cutting-edge utility as we lay the groundwork for commercialization of portable systems in late 2002 and residential applications in 2003."