MTI MicroFuel Cells announced today that the DOT in the United States is proposing a new rule that would allow passengers on aircraft to carry micro fuel cells in the airplane cabin.
The rule proposal would also allow each passenger to carry two separate spare fuel cartridges. If passed this rule will bring the U.S. DOT in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization regulations that went into effect on January 1, 2007 allowing fuel cells on planes.
“For everyone that boards an airplane, safety is of paramount importance. Today's action by the U.S. DOT is a clear endorsement that fuel cell systems and methanol fuel cartridges can meet the most rigorous safety standards," said Methanol Institute Vice President for Communications & Policy Gregory Dolan. "We are working together with industry leaders like MTI Micro who has been very active in helping advance codes and standards to establish the regulations favorable to bringing products to market." MTI Micro expects to bring fuel cells for electronic devices like notebooks and cellular phones to market in 2008 and 2009.
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Via MTI Micro