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Fuel-Cell Use On Airliners Considered

MTI MicroFuel Cells and the Methanol Institute have announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a proposed rulemaking. The rulemaking would allow passengers to carry and use micro fuel cells and methanol fuel cartridges aboard airplanes to power consumer electronic devices.

The proposed rulemaking, which allows passengers to carry micro fuel cells in the airplane cabin along with up to two spare fuel cartridges per person, would harmonize U.S. transportation regulations with global regulations adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (“ICAO”) that went into effect on January 1, 2007. A number of countries around the world, including Canada, China, Japan, and the United Kingdom, have already incorporated the passenger allowance into their national standards.

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