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# Superior MicroPowders Receives $3.63 Million DOE Contract for PEM Fuel Cell Work July 01, 2001 by Jeff Shepard Superior MicroPowders LLC (SMP, Albuquerque, NM) has received a$3.63-million contract from the Department of Energy (DOE) for the development of low-platinum-content electrocatalysts and membrane-electrode assemblies for PEM fuel cell applications.

The awarded contract, Development of Improved Ultra-low Platinum PEMFC Cathode Structures through an Integrated Powder-Discovery-Production Platform with Digital Layer Prototyping, will be performed by SMP as the prime contributor in collaboration with leading fuel cell stack and automotive manufacturers.

Bob Size, SMP's president and CEO remarked, "This DOE-sponsored program is of critical strategic importance to the rapidly developing fuel cell market. Given fuel cell unit volume projections, platinum availability, pricing and price volatility are major concerns to our customers and to the government. SMP, with the support of this DOE program, will introduce another step change in low platinum fuel cell technology. We would like to thank the DOE for their strong support and clear endorsement of SMP technology."