Manhattan Scientifics Seeks to Build Fuel-Cell Production Line

June 06, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Manhattan Scientifics Inc. (Los Alamos, NM) announced that it has completed a one-year productization effort and is seeking to build a pilot production line leading to volume manufacturing of its NovArs fuel cells. The company is in discussions with several potential joint-venture partners in the US, Asia and Europe for this purpose.

The NovArs fuel cell is a medium-power fuel cell capable of providing power for personal transportation, portable electronics, power tools, emergency home generators, home and outdoor maintenance appliances, portable defense electronics, and portable power systems for home and recreation.

The anticipated pilot production line would use new processes, materials, machines and tools created during the last year to validate and fine-tune the company’s final-volume, production-line design. This would provide the capability to build and test-certify the fuel cell product. Its modular design could theoretically be replicated anywhere in the world, facilitating mass production.

CEO Marvin Maslow commented, “We have begun the process of identifying potential partners and/or contract-manufacturers and we are already in serious discussions with several of them. We are also exploring the opportunity to invest our own capital in the pilot alongside other participants. We intend that the line's initial output will be sufficient to support the early fuel cell needs of our current customers, in addition to a list of other possible volume customers.”