PolyFuel Receives $2M NIST Fuel Cell Grant

September 09, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

PolyFuel Inc. (Menlo Park, CA), a provider of direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) technology for portable devices and laptop computers, announced that it has been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Advanced Technology Program. PolyFuel will use the funds to develop a next-generation, fuel cell, gas-diffusion layer to be combined with its membrane technology for portable fuel cell applications.

"Winning the National Institute of Standards and Technology award provides PolyFuel with the funding to expand into the development of a promising next-generation gas diffusion layer," said Jim Balcom, president and chief executive officer of PolyFuel. "This new gas-diffusion technology, when combined with the PolyFuel membrane, will ensure the rapid introduction of portable fuel cells in numerous applications. This peer-reviewed award is a significant validation of the technology leadership position that PolyFuel has achieved with its breakthrough membrane technology."