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August 13, 2003

Boeing to Lead Fuel-Cell-Powered Airplane Demonstration

The Boeing Company announced in July that its research and technology center in Madrid, Spain, would lead a project to explore the use of fuel cells for commercial airplanes. As part of the project, which involves five partner companies, the companies will develop, build, and fly an electric-motor-driven airplane powered by fuel cells. See the Boeing press release.

The other U.S. partner in the project, Advanced Technology Products (ATP), has already developed an electric plane that runs on the power of lithium batteries, provided by Lithium Technology Corporation, and using a motor and controller from UQM Technologies, Inc. The plane is a retrofit of an American Ghana Aircraft model that features a carbon- fiber fuselage. ATP hopes to eventually outfit the plane with a fuel cell, and is on its way toward that goal with a recent $400,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The plane was exhibited at the annual air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, last week. See the ATP Web site and the UQM Technologies press release.