Lynntech Inc. (College Station, TX) delivered four prototype, self-contained, direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) power supply systems to the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL, Adelphi, MD) at the completion of a small business innovation research phase two contract. The fuel cell prototypes provide a fully regulated 15W/12V output and were developed for use as individual power systems.
The power supply contains a fuel cell based on Lynntech's patented Monopolar proton-exchange membrane fuel cell technology. The Monopolar design allows for small fuel cells to be packaged into a small and lightweight unit, critical for a power supply for the soldiers of the future and for civilian applications such as cell phones and laptop computers. By using methanol as the fuel, the unit can be quickly and easily refueled.
"The Monopolar fuel cell technology will find many opportunities as a power source for small electronic devices such as cellular telephones and portable laptop computers," said Oliver Murphy, Lynntech's president. "The collaborative effort between Lynntech and ARL was very beneficial and greatly accelerated the development of this fuel cell technology."