FuelCell Energy Inc. (Danbury, CT) and King County, WA, jointly announced the signing of an agreement to install a Direct FuelCell (DFC) power plant using municipal waste-water digester gas as the fuel. FuelCell Energy was selected for the project through a competitive process last July to install and operate a 1MW DFC power plant at […]
Texaco Inc. (Detroit, MI) and Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (ECD, Troy, MI) have executed a share purchase agreement for Texaco to purchase a 20-percent equity stake in ECD for $67.3 million. The companies have agreed to establish joint ventures for the continued development and commercialization of advanced energy technologies, initially in the fields of ECD's […]
Two events organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (Greenfield, MA) will allow individuals the opportunity to view hybrid-electric and solar-assisted vehicles. The Heavy-Duty Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Conference (New York, NY), May 11-12, 2000, and the 12th Annual American Tour de Sol (held from New York, NY, to Washington, DC), May 12-18, 2000.
Vicor Corp.'s (Andover, MA) filter/input attenuator module (FIAM) is a modular, dc input, front end providing transient protection, inrush current limiting and EMI filtering in a single, mini-sized package. The FIAM enables designers using Vicor second-generation 48Vin dc/dc converters to meet the transient immunity and EMI requirements of Bellcore, FCC, ETSI and European Norms. It […]
Toshiba Corp. (New York, NY) announced a major breakthrough in solar cells that is expected to produce simpler, low-cost cell production and significantly extended scope of application for solar cells. Toshiba has successfully solidified electrolytes, the key material of organic-dye-based solar cells, ending the potential hazard of leaks of liquid electrolyte. Cells would offer a […]
The new DPU1U Series from Unipower Telecom Corp. (Coral Springs, FL) is claimed to provide the ultimate flexibility in combining fuses, circuit breakers and low-voltage disconnects in a dual A/B panel. The panels are only mounting plate (1.75") high and are equipped with universal brackets that permit mounting in either a 19" or 23" relay […]
International Fuel Cells (IFC, South Windsor, CT), a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., delivered its 200th PC25 fuel cell system on April 26, 2000, in a ceremony at the company's headquarters. The 200th fuel cell system was formally turned over to Toshiba Corp. (Tokyo), which will use the unit in Japan. Toshiba has also assisted […]
MicroTel International Inc. (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) has announced that XCEL Power Systems Ltd. (UK) has completed the acquisition of the BELIX (UK) group of companies, a specialist electronic power-conversion company. The acquisition will provide greater financial resources to expand into the larger North American market. "The combined entity will have initial annualized revenue in excess […]
Electric Fuel Corp. (Iselin, NJ) announced that CarToys will be selling the electric fuel line of primary cellular phone batteries through its stores in Washington, Oregon and Colorado. Mitchell Horwitz, Electric Fuel's vice-president for North American marketing and sales, said, "This is our first sales agreement in the US with a leading retail chain, which […]
Ballard Power Systems (Vancouver, BC) issued its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2000. All amounts reported are in Canadian dollars. Revenues for the first three months of 2000 were $4.0 million compared to $6.5 million in the same period in 1999. Ballard's cash position was $835.6 million at the end of […]
AER Energy Resources Inc. (Atlanta, GA) announced operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2000. The company's first-quarter net loss for 2000 was $1.26 million, or $0.05 per share, versus a net loss of $1.14 million, or $0.05 per share, for the same period in 1999. Revenues of $0.11 million and $0.48 million […]
The US Fuel Cell Council (USFCC; Washington) released the second edition of the Fuel Cell Glossary, a comprehensive glossary of fuel cell terms. The glossary is designed to help standardize discussion and evaluation of fuel cells and their components. "This glossary provides a standard set of definitions so that when we are talking about bipolar […]
Valence Technology Inc. (Henderson, NV) announced that battery veteran Michael W. Mahan has joined its organization as vice-president of marketing and sales. Mahan is replacing William J. Battison who is leaving the company. Prior to Valence, Mahan served as vice-president of sales and marketing for PolyStor Corp. He also served as vice-president with Rosslare America […]
Ault Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) has announced that it is closing its Gaithersberg, MD, facility and consolidating the sales and engineering functions located there into the company's Minneapolis headquarters operation. The consolidation will be completed in June. Acquired in 1998, the Gaithersberg operation was involved with the company's low-volume, fast turnaround Ault Express line of external […]
Wescon and HighVoltageProducts.Com are joining forces to present the High Voltage Pavilion at WESCON 2000, September 19-21, 2000, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. A variety of high-voltage equipment manufacturers will be in attendance.