Fuel Cell Powered Vacuum Cleaner Prototype

26 January 2001

Manhattan Scientifics, Inc. announced that it has entered into a joint agreement with Electrolux LLC and Lunar Design, Inc. to develop an evaluation prototype of a fuel cell powered vacuum cleaner for the home. Manhattan Scientifics is to design and build the prototype fuel cell to power a unique portable vacuum cleaner. This advanced home appliance is intended to free the user from electric cords and A/C wall plugs while providing full power cleaning performance. The unit's light weight and low noise coupled with total freedom of movement throughout the home or business are potentially strong distinctive features in the market share battle for high-end vacuum cleaners. The company announced last month that it has entered into an agreement with Aprilia, S.p.A., one of Europe's largest manufacturers of motor scooters and motorcycles, to develop a fuel cell powered concept bicycle. Aprilia unveiled the bicycle, a version of Manhattan Scientifics' Hydrocycle(TM) bicycle, in December at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy. The power system for Electrolux will use Manhattan Scientifics' mid-range fuel technology developed by its partner company, NovArs GmbH, located near Passau, Germany. The fuel cell's unique design uses advanced composite materials and sealing technology to minimize size and weight making it ideal as a power source for portable equipment. The system is a hydrogen/air system using hydrogen as fuel. It is anticipated that it will supply 1000 watts of power at ambient pressure with minimum ancillary equipment. The hydrogen fuel is stored in a lightweight carbon fiber reinforced pressure essel. This fuel supply can be refilled within seconds with a replacement tank via a quick connect/disconnect feature. Electrolux can use its worldwide in-the-home customer service network to deliver refilled hydrogen bottles to customers. Disconnect and replacement will be similar to bottled propane and butane replacement currently used for barbeque grills and heaters. The Electrolux units will be significantly smaller and lighter in weight. Electrolux LLC is not affiliated with and should be distinguished from Electrolux AB of Sweden.

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