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PC/ABS fuel cell system keeps soldiers connected

Soldiers on the front lines rely on portable electronics such as sensors, laptops and satellite phones, and short-lived battery packs aren't always up for the job.

January 1, 2008   Canadian Plastics



Soldiers on the front lines rely on portable electronics such as sensors, laptops and satellite phones, and short-lived battery packs aren’t always up for the job.

Livermore, Calif.-based UltraCell Corporation has developed a lightweight, high-power density fuel cell system designed to withstand the rigors of the field. The company used Bayer’s Bayblend KU 2-1514 non-reinforced, flame-retardant polycarbonate/ acrylonitrile butadiene styrene resin for the rugged housing of the XX25 reformed methanol micro-fuel cell.

The XX25 system can provide uninterrupted 25 Watt power for more than eight hours on a single cartridge of methanol, and weighs only two and a half pounds.

The fuel cell system can survive in demanding environments with jungle, desert and arctic conditions, and the PC/ABS blend can also be recycled or incinerated with energy recovery after use.

Bayer Inc. (Toronto);

www.bayer.ca; 866-770-1102


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