Intelligent Energy (IE), known on ABG's pages as the company behind the ENV fuel-cell motorcycle, has announced that they will partner up with Suzuki Motor Corporation on the development of prototype hydrogen fuel-cell motorcycles. Future bikes produced by the partnership will run on Intelligent Energy's proprietary Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel-cells that are billed by IE as having class-leading performance in automotive applications. The PEM design utilises thin metallic bipolar plates,
Proton Exchange Membrane
Microcell, a company that has designed PEM Microfiber Fuel Cells, has released their first 1 kW fuel cell core for automotive applications. Their design allows for a cylindrical core fuel cell, which are modular, so they can be scaled like batteries to provide larger amounts of power. These cells can be produced for relatively low cost.
Researchers at the Macromodules and Interfaces Institute at Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech's School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering are working on a Department of Energy-funded project to develop more effective membrane materials for fuel cells.