Medis Receives Fuel Cell Order for US ArmyJune 09, 2002 by Jeff Shepard
Medis Technologies Ltd. (New York) announced that it is cooperating with General Dynamics C4 Systems (Taunton, MA) on the development of a highly mobile fuel cell battery charger system to meet the battery-recharging needs of deployed soldiers for the US Army. As part of the development effort, Medis received a $75,000 purchase order from General Dynamics C4 Systems to develop an initial prototype of the fuel cell charger.
Using Medis' proprietary direct liquid ethanol fuel cell technology, General Dynamics C4 Systems is developing a system that, if successful, will enable soldiers in the field to recharge the batteries that power the electronic components that are becoming standard equipment for many soldiers, such as personal digital assistants, portable computers and even weapons.
"We are pleased at this opportunity to work closely with General Dynamics in developing a charger for the military based on our fuel cell," said Medis Chairman and CEO Robert Lifton. "We can have no better partner than General Dynamics in view of their know-how, reputation and the scope of their activities. The fuel cell product we are developing is consistent with our plans for commercialization of our fuel cell, with a target of a commercially viable prototype of a fuel cell battery charger by the end of this year and production beginning by the end of next year."