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September 18, 2008

MTI Micro Demonstrates Third Generation Mobion Chip

By Anil Sharma
TMCnet Contributor

MTI (News - Alert) MicroFuel Cells, the developer of Mobion off-the-grid portable power solutions, has claimed that its third generation Mobion Chip improves power performance by approximately 25 percent as compared to the previous generation unveiled last June.

In laboratory testing, the Mobion Chip demonstrated power of over 62 mW/cm2 while producing more than 1800 Watt Hours Per Kilogram (Wh/kg) of energy from the direct methanol fuel feed.
Moreover, the third generation Mobion Chip is approximately 25 percent smaller than the prior generation was in June 2007, and over 50 percent smaller than the initial generation at the beginning of 2007.
The Mobion Chip is based on 100 percent methanol, passive water management, and direct methanol fuel cell technology, and represents a number of scientific breakthroughs that the company believes will ultimately enable it to power portable devices longer than lithium-ion batteries, while allowing for instant, cord-free re-charging.
By incorporating a power module with fluid conditioning, the Mobion Chip is designed to run in a wide range of environmental conditions, in temperatures from 0C to 40C and at any humidity level, which correspond to industry standards and have been adopted by many OEMs.
“Our third generation Mobion Chip is a significant step forward in our commercialization efforts and is expected to generate interest among OEMs who are looking for increasingly efficient, innovative solutions to power their consumer electronics applications,” said Peng Lim, chairman and CEO of MTI. “We believe these results demonstrate our technological leadership and enhance our ability to deliver an alternative power source to OEMs.”
MTI Micro plans to target applications within the consumer market, including handheld communication devices and other power-hungry portable electronics applications, that can benefit from Mobion’s extended run-time, cord-free rechargeable power.
“The combination of significant size reductions and improvements in power performance and efficiency are critical in our quest to bring Mobion inside portable electronic devices. We believe these important accomplishments support our vision for the future of embedded fuel cell applications,” said Jim Prueitt, vice president of engineering and operations for MTI Micro.
MTI MicroFuel Cells, a subsidiary of Mechanical Technology, is the developer of Mobion off-the-grid portable power solutions. MTI Micro has a team of entrepreneurial business executives, researchers and scientists, a proprietary direct methanol micro fuel cell power system and a number of system prototypes demonstrating size reductions and performance improvements and related intellectual property.

MTI Micro has received government funding and developed strategic partnerships to facilitate efforts to achieve commercialization.
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Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michelle Robart

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