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DARPA invests in fuel cell technology

The DARPA and US Army awarded a follow-on contract to UltraCell for continued work on hydrogen fuel cell systems to power military hardware. See an article here. The UltraCell process utilizes methanol and converts it into hydrogen to provide electricity. The current system is used to provide power for laptops, but UltraCell is working on scaling it for use with larger fixed installations. The advantage this offers is that for comparable power the fuel cell is smaller and lighter then existing batteries. There is also no requirement for a separate electrical system to charge the batteries as is currently done.

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