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August 2006

 

Hoku Scientific demonstrates fuel cell for U.S. Navy

Kapolei, HI— Fuel Cells, a business unit of Hoku Scientific, Inc. announced that it completed the installation and commenced the demonstration of the first two stationary fuel cell power plants under Hoku Scientific’s contract with the United States Navy. The power plants will be demonstrated over a one-year period at a building occupied by the Energy and Business Services Division of United States Navy Region Hawaii at Pearl Harbor.

In May 2006, Hoku Scientific reported that the United States Navy had officially accepted the first 2 of 10 fuel cell power plants. Since the Navy’s acceptance of these two power plants, the Navy has accepted two additional power plants, and has completed the approval process for the demonstration site selection and preparation. The remaining seven power plants, six of which will be demonstration systems, are scheduled for factory acceptance, installation and demonstration commencement this summer. These additional power plants are planned for demonstration at the Energy and Business Services Division building, and at the Greater Mid-Pacific Branch Office of the Office of Naval Research, located in the Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet compound.

The stationary fuel cell power plants, or demonstration systems are designed by IdaTech LLC and incorporate Hoku MEA to generate net electrical output of approximately 1.5 kilowatts. Hoku Scientific’s contract with the U.S. Navy requires a minimum net electrical output of one kilowatt. Each of the fuel cell power plants incorporates an IdaTech fuel processor that produces hydrogen from a mixture of water and methanol.


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