Frost & Sullivan selected Power Air Corporation as the recipient of the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Technology Award for Emerging Technological Innovation for developing a Zinc Air Fuel Cell (ZAFC) powered generator that can be used indoors. This generator uses zinc as a renewable fuel source and enables the end-user to generate electricity safely and quietly without harmful emissions or greenhouse gas concerns.
"Power Air Corporation's Zinc Air Fuel Cell technology offers an alternative to batteries, generators, and hydrogen fuel cells as it creates residual zinc oxide that, through electrolysis, can be recycled back into reusable zinc fuel," explains Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst, Anthony Miller. "This technology is revolutionary as the potential to recycle zinc over and over again results in a truly sustainable energy source."
Fuel cells that combine zinc-air and zinc-recycling technology are a more efficient, environmentally clean, and reliable source of power generation compared to many existing products. In addition, gas hikes do not significantly affect the zinc market, and by incorporating sustainable energy generation into the recycling process, the products can be independent of fossil fuels.
Power Air Corporation's clean, indoor generator can potentially revolutionize the power generation market as the ZAFC is a significant new technology being introduced into an already growing market.
Using a patented zinc feeding technology, the generators can run continuously, with a low heat signature, and provide electricity without the inconvenience of having to go outside or leave home. Moreover, the user can store the required amount of zinc and electrolyte for extended periods to meet their energy needs, whether for as little as 30 minutes or as long as several days. The zinc fuel is non-flammable, non-explosive, non-toxic and recyclable, offering an excellent alternative to fossil fuels.
Through its advancements both on the fuel cell and the generator itself, the ZAFC can move into largely untapped markets, such as back up power for apartment and high rise occupants, where there is currently no solution. By allowing indoor operation, ZAFC generators could solve problems like blackouts due to grid overload or harsh weather conditions.
"ZAFC's could replace large battery banks used in server rooms, data centres, and cell phone towers with extended run units and eliminate the need for external back-up diesel generators. As such, the technology has great potential in uninterrupted power supplies (UPS) and telecom backup," notes Miller.
The everyday consumer involved in recreational activities can also benefit from the ZAFC technology. In areas where there are restrictions against the use of power motors on boats, time-usage constraints within campgrounds or for the consumers that are simply more environmentally conscious, a ZAFC generator offers a simple solution.
A ZAFC can also be extremely practical and cost-effective in rural areas without electricity or with an intermittent supply of energy.
This groundbreaking technology is expected to be competitively priced with other forms of on-site power, making it especially affordable in higher income cities such as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.
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About Power Air Corporation
With headquarters in Livermore, California, Power Air Corporation (poweraircorp.com) is engaged in the business of developing, manufacturing and marketing fuel cell stacks. Power Air has the exclusive worldwide license to zinc-air fuel cell technology that has been developed at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for all fields of use (portable, stationary, light mobility and transportation applications) and commercialization.
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