26 Feb 2002 – Energy Visions Inc. Fuel Cell Division recently announced a major breakthrough in its Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) programme. Experiments with a new electrode design developed in conjunction with Dr. Karl Kordesch at the University of Graz, Austria, show significant improvements in both power and efficiency.

“The new electrode, when used in the advanced configuration of EVI’s proprietary flowing electrolyte DMFC design, has produced a fuel cell that operates at a higher voltage than PEM-based DMFC’s. It also has several times the power density than our earlier prototypes,” said Dr. Douglas James, General Manager of EVI’s Fuel Cell Division.

“We plan to embed this new electrode design in the prototype stack that we expect to demonstrate in March 2002 for the Military. We believe this breakthrough places us in the forefront with the very best PEM-based DMFC designs – and with significant headroom for improvement in both performance and cost,” said James.

The DMFC program is a joint venture between Energy Visions Inc. and the Alberta Research Council, Inc. and is based in Calgary, Canada.