SAN JOSE, Calif. Fuel-cell developer Neah Power Systems Inc. has renewed and extended its collaboration agreement with chip-equipment provider Novellus Systems Inc.
Under the terms, Neah (Seattle, Wash.) and Novellus (San Jose) will collaborate to develop technology for micro fuel cells. Neah's patented porous silicon direct methanol fuel cell, which is still under development, utilizes porous silicon. This is a substance that the company claims will sidestep many challenges associated with methanol fuel cells that are based upon a proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology.
Pursuant to the agreement with Novellus, Wilbert Van der Hoek, CEO and president of Novellus Development Co., will serve as chairman of the Neah Power Systems Technology Advisory Board.
In addition, John Drewery, director of technology at Novellus, will continue to serve as executive vice president for Neah and an additional Novellus project scientist will be assigned on a full time basis to Neah.
"Novellus brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that has and will enable Neah to accelerate the path of its progress,” said Paul Abramowitz, CEO of Neah Power Systems, in a statement.
Micro fuel-cell developer Neah in May completed a private placement funding round, but the company still remains in limbo despite financial backing from the likes of Intel, Novellus and others.