Teledyne Technologies Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) announced that Teledyne Energy Systems Inc. executed a contract modification to deliver a prototype proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell power system to the US Department of Energy (DOE) under the continuation of work begun by Energy Partners Inc. (West Palm Beach, FL).
The prototype system will be rated at 7kW and fueled by natural gas. Scheduled for delivery late in 2002, the unit will be used by the DOE to evaluate the operating characteristics of PEM fuel cell systems under operating conditions similar to those encountered by both vehicle and stationary power plants. The unit will be self-contained with all systems necessary for operation on natural gas. It will also have a state-of-the-art data-acquisition system to aid in data collection and analysis.
“We are pleased to continue the work begun by Energy Partners for the Department of Energy,” said Robert Mehrabian, chairman, president and CEO of Teledyne Technologies. “Participation in this project will help us gain valuable data and understanding on system design and performance necessary to deliver viable commercial products.”