DuPont, SFC to Develop Portable Power System
DuPont and SFC Smart Fuel Cell AG (SFC) announced yesterday that the M-25 portable fuel cell, which combines DuPont’s direct methanol technology with SFC’s commercially-proven fuel cell systems, products, and integration expertise, has been deployed for its first limited use in the field for the U.S. Army.
“DuPont is very pleased to collaborate with SFC on achieving this milestone,” said Cindy Green, vice president and general manager -- DuPont Fluoroproducts. “Our fuel cell technology represents a major breakthrough in portability that will benefit soldiers through significant weight reduction, while providing a prolonged source of power.”
When worn by soldiers in the field for extended missions, the M-25 is up to 80 percent lighter than conventional power sources, yet is capable of powering a wide range of soldier equipment, such as digital communication and navigation equipment. In addition to its light weight, the M-25 delivers quiet and continuous energy, and offers independent standalone functions such as remote area battery charging and power.
“The M-25 has the capability to revolutionize wearable, portable power sources in the field by extending soldier-mission times to 72 hours and beyond,” said Col. Richard Hansen, project manager, Soldier Warrior, U.S. Army. “We want our soldiers in the field to have the best equipment with the least weight to carry, and their gear must be powered reliably on missions. The M-25 is progressing well toward helping us realize this goal.”
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