Synergy Produces Feed For Fuel Cell Use

February 14, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

Synergy Technologies Corp. (Calgary, Alberta) announced that it has successfully reformed each of the five major fossil fuels into the free hydrogen and other feeds commonly utilized as fuel for most types of fuel cells. The company obtained these results while both eliminating the production of soot traditionally associated with heavy fossil fuel reforming, and reducing the power consumption of the reformer system to less than five percent.

Synergy's SynGen reformer successfully converted natural gas, propane, gasoline, diesel and toluene into the hydrogen and other feeds suitable to supply all major types of fuel cells, including the commonly used proton-exchange membrane, solid-oxide fuel cell, and the molten-carbonate fuel cell. SynGen's cold plasma technology virtually eliminates soot production and allows for considerably improved power output by the fuel cell.

"We are very excited by these results," said Synergy CEO Barry Coffey. "We believe they bring us considerably closer to securing business and product development arrangements with manufacturers of each of the major types of fuel cells."