March 12, 2007 04:01 ET

IdaTech Secures Multi-Year Japanese Contract for Continued Development of Hydrogen Purification

Collaboration With Japanese Firms to Develop Industrial Use of Proprietary Hydrogen Purification System

BEND, OR -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 12, 2007 -- IdaTech, LLC, a global fuel cell solutions developer and manufacturer, today announced signing of a multi-year contract with partners in Japan for the development of a large-scale hydrogen purification system. The project will be focused on purifying hydrogen from industrial processes based on IdaTech's patented HyPurium™ metal membrane.

This project expands on IdaTech's technology of hydrogen purification for applications directed at helping implement sustainable energy systems. The simplicity of the HyPurium™ membrane and its ability to generate high purity hydrogen enables its use in a number of new applications that require such a fuel. Having a simple, efficient method of extracting pure hydrogen from a variety of fuels directly supports the development of more sustainable, hydrogen-based systems.

"Our development program with the Japanese demonstrates the versatility of the IdaTech metal membrane. The target of this program is to scale up to greater than ten times the current purification capacity for large-scale uses, extracting pure hydrogen from gas streams that are otherwise very difficult to handle efficiently. As a company, IdaTech is very interested in how its technologies can benefit society," said Harol Koyama, IdaTech president and chief executive officer. "We believe that this program will demonstrate how our unique technology can directly support efforts toward sustainable energy. Completion of this agreement is a significant step for IdaTech in expanding the company's presence in Japan."

About IdaTech

IdaTech is a global leader in the development and manufacturing of clean and reliable PEM fuel cell solutions for telecommunications, commercial and industrial backup power from 1 to 15 kW. IdaTech's unique technologies provide solutions for a wide range of applications from portable to off grid power and directly support efforts towards sustainable energy.

IdaTech's portfolio of fuel cell solutions is based on its proprietary multi-fuel fuel processing technology, its own fuel cell stack and power module, and fuel cell system integration capabilities. With the support of strategic partners, the company's solutions are being deployed on a global scale for stationary and portable applications and are helping to provide a path to sustainable energy.

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