Fuel-Cell Power Based Battery Solutions Growth Propelled Via Federally Approved Grants Targeting Research And Development of Batteries with Microchip Technology

Aug 23, 2016, 08:50 ET from FN Media Group LLC

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The renewable energy sector continues to rapidly evolve as companies identify the vast benefits of alternative methods such as fuel-cell battery power solutions. Leaders across various industries continue to make the switch to alternative power solutions as lithium batteries advancements with innovative technology gain momentum behind increased research funded by federally backed grants.  Battery and microchip market movers to watch for activity of late are Neah Power Systems, Inc. (OTC Pink: NPWZ), Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP), Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ENR) and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD)

Neah Power Systems, Inc. (OTC: NPWZ) an emerging leader in high density rechargeable lithium metal battery storage solutions for defense, commercial, and consumer applications, is pleased to announce that it won a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy through the Small Business Vouchers Pilot Program. http://energy.gov/technologytransitions/articles/energy-department-awards-43-new-business-laboratory-collaborations

The NEAH PowerChip® Battery is the first battery to be made with high volume capable microchip manufacturing technology in semiconductor facilities (foundries) throughout the world. NEAH and numerous electrochemical engineers worldwide envision this new NEAH Battery architecture as transformative as it will change the way batteries are made, used and perform. The proprietary architecture of the PowerChip® Battery brings batteries into the microchip era, using the same manufacturing technologies that made television sets, cell phones, laptops and a variety of devices more compact with superior performance at lower cost. While initially targeted for consumer oriented applications, the battery technology could be used for automotive and defense applications as well.

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Dr. Chris D'Couto, President & CEO of NEAH said, "We look forward to working closely with Argonne National Laboratory, which is uniquely qualified to characterize the performance metrics associated with our unique battery architecture. This unique 3D architecture using lithium metal anodes enables more than five times the performance of batteries in production today.  We at NEAH believe that the characterization of the battery by Argonne National Laboratory will further enhance the performance and manufacturability of the battery. It will also help us understand the most critical electrochemical reactions. This DOE/Argonne relationship will provide advanced technology learnings, leapfrogging what would be possible in a privately held laboratory.

In other sector news and industry developments in the markets today:

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG) closed up slightly on Monday trading just over 1.5Million shares by the market close.  PLUG announced back in July that Newark Farmers Market has placed an order for 96 next-generation GenDrive fuel cell units to operate its electric industrial truck fleet in Newark, New Jersey. Newark Farmers Market has utilized GenDrive systems as the sole power source for its electric industrial truck fleet since 2011, and have reinvested in the benefits of Plug Power's GenDrive fuel cells by adopting the next generation product.

Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP) recently announced that it has signed a Distribution Agreement with Toyota Tsusho Corporation ("TTC"; http://www.toyota-tsusho.com/english ), a member Company of the Toyota Group. Under the agreement, TTC will act as a distributor of Ballard-powered fuel cell products in Japan . The initial term of the agreement runs to December 31 , 2020.

Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ENR) closed down slightly on Monday on over 300,000 shares traded by the market close.  Earlier this year ENR introduced Energizer®  EcoAdvanced® batteries, the first-ever AA batteries made with 4 percent recycled battery material, as well as introducing another world's first with its rechargeable AA and AAA batteries made with recycled batteries.

For the latest technology/microchip news:  At an event last week in San Francisco, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) provided additional architectural details and a first look at the performance of its next-generation, high-performance "Zen" processor core. AMD demonstrated the "Zen" core achieving a 40% generational improvement in instructions per clock, delivering a landmark increase in processor performance.

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