UOP to Offer Fuel Processor Technology on Non-Exclusive Basis

Firm's fuel processor is designed to convert either propane or natural gas into hydrogen-rich feed for stationary fuel cell applications.

Published: 05-Dec-2000

DES PLAINES, Ill., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- UOP LLC has announced that the exclusive joint development agreement with Avista Labs, Spokane, WA, will terminate on December 1, 2000. Under this arrangement UOP was to combine its fuel processor technology with Avista Labs' fuel cell technology to develop an integrated fuel cell system for small scale applications.

UOP's recent assessment of the developing fuel cell industry indicates that a major hurdle is the development of a reliable fuel processor. "We believe our skills in process design, engineering, and catalysis uniquely position UOP to develop such a reliable fuel processor to generate hydrogen for variety of end uses, including fuel cells," said Jacques Romatier, General Manager, Fuel Processors. UOP now plans to pursue non-exclusive relationships with multiple fuel cell developers. UOP's fuel processor is designed to convert either propane or natural gas into hydrogen-rich feed for stationary fuel cell applications.

"We are very pleased with the performance of our prototype units," said Carlos A. Cabrera, VP Corporate Business Development. "We look forward to working with the leading fuel cell developers to change how electricity is generated."

For more than 80 years, UOP has been a leader in developing and commercializing technology for license to the oil refining, petrochemical and gas processing industries. UOP processes and technology have led to advances in such diverse industries as motor fuels, plastics, detergents, synthetic fibers and food preservatives.

UOP LLC, headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, is a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, process plants, and technical services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries.

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