Manufacturer receives five-year, $2.1 million cost-shared contract to develop polymer exchange membrane technology

The Department of Energy recently awarded Danbury, Conn.-based FuelCell Energy, Inc. a five-year, $2.1-million cost-shared competitively bid project, subject to final negotiation, to develop a high-temperature membrane for low-humidity operation of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane fuel cells. The composite membrane is intended to have the mechanical strength and water retention capability required for efficient operation and reduced system cost.

The contract is one of 12 projects that will receive a total of $19 million in federal funding for polymer membrane research.