CARLSBAD, Calif., May 14, 2001 Metallic Power, a developer of zero-emission, regenerative zinc/air fuel cells, announced that it has shipped the first of its 1.5kW portable power sources for test and evaluation by a number of the firm’s collaborators.
One of the units was delivered to Briggs & Stratton Corp. of Milwaukee, Wis. The two companies are working together to evaluate a fuel cell power source. Dr. Jeffrey Colborn, president and CEO of Metallic Power stated, “This shipment represents another important milestone for Metallic Power as it is the first delivery of what we believe will be one of the most important power solutions of the future. While still in its infancy, this technology offers a number of advantages over existing power sources: high efficiency; superior energy density; automatic regeneration of the fuel; cost-effective design and emission-free, near-silent operation so it can be used indoors.”
Vince Shiely, Briggs & Stratton’s vice president and general manager of electrical products, added, “After working with Metallic Power for more than a year, we are excited about this opportunity to evaluate Metallic Power’s fuel cell at our facility. We look forward to continuing our investigation of the potential benefits that this new technology may provide.”
Throughout 2001, Metallic Power will continue a series of preliminary field trials in a variety of applications including portable power; emergency backup power for computers, networks and telecommunications equipment; and vehicular power. Beta testing is slated to begin early in 2002 with initial product launch planned for later that year.
Metallic Power Inc., founded in 1995, develops zinc/air fuel cell-based products. These rapidly refuelable power sources use recyclable zinc fuel to provide emission-free electricity for a variety of applications from commercial to industrial to home and recreational use. The company recently closed its third round of financing, in which it raised $18 million in blue chip venture funding. For more information, visit www.metallicpower.com.
Briggs & Stratton Corp. is a large producer of air-cooled gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. For further details, visit www.briggsandstratton.com.