Medis Technologies Presents Programs for More Powerful Fuel Cells

October 04, 2006 by Jeff Shepard

Medis Technologies Ltd. announced programs for the development of more powerful, refuelable fuel cells for computer laptops and stationary power for small office and home use. The programs are based on Medis' platform fuel cell technology, which is already embedded in the company's commercial fuel cell for its 24/7 Power Pack for charging a broad array of portable electronic devices. At meetings with major computer OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and other companies related to that field, the company presented its program for developing a power source for laptops.

This fuel cell product for charging laptop batteries is planning to deliver 15 to 20W and 12 to 15V for a period of 8-10 hours on each refueling. The fuel cell product is expected to operate at a level of efficiency like that of the Medis 24/7 Power Pack, so that it will have no significant discernable heat. Minimizing heat is a key prerequisite for achieving a commercial power supply product for laptops. The completion of the development of a fully qualified pre-production product is estimated to take 24 months from the time development starts.

The company also presented its program to develop refuelable cartridge fuel cell products of 1 to 2kW, to be used for stationary power for small office and home use. The initial product concept has a preliminary size of approximately 40x60x50 CM and a system weight of approximately 25Kg (including cartridge). The completion of the development of a fully qualified pre-production product is estimated to take 30 months from the time development starts.

"Now that we have successfully completed development of the 24/7 Power Pack and are getting ready for large scale production, it is appropriate to start development of the next generation of fuel cell products," said Robert K. Lifton, Chairman and CEO of Medis Technologies. "The specificity of the program's characteristics provide a clear template of Medis' future fuel cell products and address a vast market need. We are particularly pleased with the reactions to the programs that were presented. We would like to work closely with companies like these in our program for developing these fuel cell products so that the final products reflect industry needs and desires. To that end, we have invited companies that are interested in such a development program to join with us and we look forward to their near term responses."

Medis Technologies' primary focus is on direct liquid fuel cell technology. Its business strategy is to sell its products to end users through retail outlets, service providers and to the military and other markets. Medis has also developed the CellScan with many potential applications relating to disease diagnostics and chemo sensitivity. Additionally, Medis' product pipeline includes other technologies in varying stages of development.