Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Smart Fuel Cell Opens U.S. Office in Atlanta to Meet Growing Demand For Mobile, Off-Grid Power Applications

(BUSINESS WIRE)--SFC Smart Fuel Cell AG, a leading provider of fuel cell technologies for mobile and off-grid power applications, today announced its expansion into the United States with the opening of a sales and technical service office in Atlanta to meet growing demand for its fuel cell products for the defense and industrial markets.

“The United States is a key and fast-growing market for SFC and our new office is intended to be our first step towards establishing full U.S. operations. Establishing a team of SFC experts on the East Coast will enable us to work even more closely with our defense and commercial partners,” said Dr. Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Smart Fuel Cell. “The new headquarters in the U.S. will serve to further enhance our collaboration with our technology partners as well as help us to increase our market penetration into the U.S.”

In the past year, SFC announced projects involving several innovative applications for its direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) systems used by U.S. defense organizations, including:

* The M-25 portable fuel cell. Developed in collaboration with DuPont, the M-25 combines DuPont’s direct methanol technology with SFC’s commercially proven fuel cell systems, products and integration expertise. It has been deployed for its first limited use in the field by the U.S. Army.
* The FC-250. The FC-250 provides 250 watts up to 100 hours with one 7.4 gallon (28 liter) cartridge, which can be easily replaced by one soldier and significantly reduces logistics costs. Suited for defense and industrial applications this system passed rigorous testing by the U.S. Army’s Operational Test Command.
* Power Manager. SFC’s Power Manager enables efficient battery charging and significant weight reduction in field use. SFC and its U.S. licensing partner, Capitol Connections LLC, received an order for 500 Power Manager modules from the U.S. Air Force.

SFC Smart Fuel Cell, Inc. will be managed by Christian Boehm, President of SFC Smart Fuel Cell, Inc. 10 Piedmont Center, Suite 810, Atlanta GA 30305.

SFC also announced that its complete range of EFOY and EFOY Pro fuel cells is now cNRTLus approved by TUEV Sued Germany, the European product-testing organization. EFOY and EFOY Pro products provide reliable, mobile off-grid power for a range of applications, from recreational vehicles to surveillance cameras.

The cNRTLus approval certifies the products’ compliance with recognized UL safety standards. The cNRTLus approval also certifies SFC’s ability to ensure that each EFOY fuel cell product manufactured complies with appropriate requirements.

This is the second international safety certificate for SFC’s fuel cell products and systems. In August 2006, the company’s EFOY series of fuel cells were the world’s first fuel cells to receive the TUEV SUED,Octagon Quality Seal “Tested Fuel Cell System” by Germany’s TUEV SUED Industry Service GmbH, the EU’s counterpart of Underwriter Laboratories Inc.

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