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Canadian Institute of Energy R&D award goes to BC’s QuestAir Technologies

Burnaby, BC March 4, 2003 QuestAir Technologies has been awarded the 2002 Energy Research and Development Award by the Canadian Institute of Energy (BC).

The Energy Research and Development Award recognizes the efforts of BC-based firms that are conducting leading-edge research into energy technology. The evaluative criteria considered in this award include the degree of innovation, commercial market potential, environmental benefits, as well as the indirect benefits (such as productivity increases and product quality improvements) resulting from the research.

QuestAir’s won the award for its gas management using a special swing absorption technology — specifically for the technology’s potential for improving fuel cell performance.

“We are extremely pleased to present this year’s Research and Development award to QuestAir," says Timo Makinen, energy awards chair of the Canadian Institute of Energy (BC). "The recent investment by Shell Hydrogen in QuestAir is a testament to the value of QuestAir’s technology across a broad range of markets."

A private, Burnaby, BC-based company, QuestAir has developed a gas purification technology that is being applied to industrial hydrogen production and stationary and automotive fuel cells. The company says its fast-cycle pressure swing adsorption (PSA) technology allows the developers of fuel cell systems to increase the efficiency of their products, and offers a compact, cost effective gas purification solution.

The Canadian Institute of Energy (BC) is a broadly based, non-profit organization open to those involved in all aspects of the energy industry.