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# XFUEL Intros Aluminum-Oxygen Fuel Cell

February 11, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

XFUEL Corp. (La Jolla, CA) introduced a commercially available advanced high-density aluminum-oxygen fuel cell ready to be installed in power stations, telecom applications as well as any industrial, commercial and automotive applications. The XFUEL system can be disposed of in the same manner as beverage cans, and the ph 7 electrolytes can be disposed of like mineral water. Consumers can insert new fuel cells and refill the permanently reusable electrolyte casing. The entire process takes under three minutes and is as easy as changing an air filter. The aluminum-oxygen fuel cells are also cheaper, costing $450 per kW as compared to$4000 per kW for hydrogen-oxygen fuel cells.

A 75kW XFUEL aluminum-oxygen fuel cell system could provide power to a 250HP car for up to eight hours or 360 miles without changing the fuel cells. The weight of such a fuel cell system would be 250 kilos. The weight of the electric drive system with all peripherals would be an additional 80 kilos, thus the entire system would weigh 330 kilos, which is about 50 kilos less than the same vehicle utilizing the internal combustion engine with all peripherals.