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January 21, 2004
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Terror's Next Target
Attacks on the West's oil and gas infrastructure -- from production facilities to pipelines and tankers -- are likely to be the next "mega" target of terrorists, and could wreak havoc with the world's economy, according to an in-depth IAGS analysis of the susceptibility of the energy industry featured in the latest Journal of International Security Affairs (Winter 2004).

Minding Its Business
Saudi Arabia, which has demonstrated its willingness to use its vast oil reserves as a foreign policy tool, has not acted to aid U.S. efforts to rebuild Iraq.

Fencing in looters and saboteurs in Iraq
Too many people in and outside of Iraq are hoping to deny Iraq a better future through a campaign of sabotage and plunder of the country's neglected oil facilities. The problem, and possible solutions.

Energy security and liquefied natural gas
Demand for natural gas has increased as have the security vulnerabilities presented by liquefied natural gas terminals and tankers.

Under the Radar

Oil, terrorism and drugs intermingle in Colombia
Seventy U.S. Special Forces soldiers are training Colombians to protect an oil pipeline.

Japan's struggle to secure future oil supply
Energy dependent Japan looks to Iran for oil, causing tension with the U.S.

Chad-Cameroon pipeline project put to test
Will the pipeline, partially financed by the World Bank, improve the lot of Chad and Cameroon or exacerbate existing corruption and strife?

Natural resource curse hits São Tomé
A tiny West African country illustrates a well known problem.

On the technology front

Fuel Cell Locomotive for Military and Commercial Railways
An international consortium is developing the world’s largest fuel cell vehicle, a 109 metric-ton, 1 MW locomotive.

Fuel cell power plant installed at NJ Sheraton
A stationary fuel cell will supply 250 kilowatts of electric power as well as heat to the Sheraton Edison Hotel, accounting for about 25% of the hotel's electricity and hot water.

Fuel cell scooters for Europe and China
Palcan's fuel cell powered scooter is designed to address the world's need for a low-end mass transport vehicle.

U.S. Air Force to get fuel cell bus
Fuel cell powered thirty-foot hybrid bus to be stationed at the Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.

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Back Issues

PolyFuel Delivers Breakthrough Fuel Cell Membrane For Portable Fuel Cell Systems

PolyFuel, a Silicon Valley based provider of fuel cell membrane technology, announced it has released a breakthrough membrane specifically designed for Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) applications. The PolyFuel DMFC membrane delivers substantial performance and system cost advantages over both traditional lithium ion batteries and existing fuel cell membrane technology. PolyFuel is currently supplying its DMFC membrane samples to leading consumer electronics manufacturers and other developers of DMFC systems.

"Leading consumer electronics manufacturers have acknowledged that limited battery runtimes today restrict the functionality that can be built into portable devices such as laptop computers, tablet PCs, PDAs and mobile phones," said Jim Balcom, President and Chief Executive Officer of PolyFuel. "This problem will only get worse as wireless and other capabilities are added to these devices. The next wave of portable device functionality cannot be realized without first solving the portable power crisis. The PolyFuel DMFC membrane will enable the development of portable fuel cell power systems that deliver all-day power."

According to Polyfuel, over 35 companies, including many of the world's leading consumer electronics manufacturers, have launched DMFC development programs. Several of these organizations have plans to deliver commercially available fuel cell systems in the next one to three years. Until recently, these DMFC programs have been hampered by the lack of a suitable membrane technology for the methanol fuel cell environment - the only membrane previously available to DMFC developers and consumer electronics manufacturers was a membrane developed more than four decades ago for use in hydrogen fuel cells. Polyfuel doesn't make fuel cells - it makes only the polymer membrane, and sells that to fuel cell manufacturers.

Also see:
GTI reports significant results from direct methanol fuel cell membrane