Palcan Receives Funding for Manufacturing Process

October 01, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Palcan Fuel Cells Ltd. (Burnaby, BC) announced that as a result of Canada's Efficiency and Alternative Energy Program Contribution Agreement with Palcan, the second phase in Palcan's membrane electrode assembly (MEA) automation process has been funded by Natural Resources Canada for an additional $175,000.

The objective of the joint "Milestones to Commercial Production Program" with Natural Resources Canada, a federal government ministry, is to improve the performance of the MEA and increase the output capacity so that high-quality, proton-exchange membrane fuel cells can be mass produced at low, per-unit cost. The current density of the MEA is a critical performance factor in fuel cells and a larger current density is superior.

The total program for the MEA project encompasses a budget upwards of $500,000 for the combined research, development and hardware costs associated with the work carried out by Palcan's engineering/technical team.