Nissan and UTCFC to Develop Fuel Cell Technology

February 06, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Nissan Motor Co. (Tokyo) and UTC Fuel Cells (UTCFC, South Windsor, CT), a part of United Technologies Corp. (South Windsor, CT), announced the signing of an agreement to jointly develop proton-exchange membrane fuel cell technology. Under terms of the agreement, Nissan will obtain rights to UTCFC's technology, and the two companies will continue to jointly develop technology for automotive applications.

UTCFC will also have rights to any intellectual property jointly developed by the two companies for use in non-automotive applications, including commercial stationary power plants. UTCFC is currently developing commercial power plants based on proton-exchange membrane technology.

"Our efforts with Nissan over the past two years have proven extremely successful," said Jan van Dokkum, president of UTC Power, noting the December unveiling of Nissan's X-TRAIL fuel cell vehicle powered by a UTCFC fuel cell power plant. "This agreement builds upon our prior efforts and continues our work in advancing this game-changing technology."