New research laboratory opened in the National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics

On May 15, 2002, new laboratory for fundamental and applied research in the field of fuel cells was opened in the National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics in Tallinn.

The goal of the research is to develop new materials and technological solutions in order to commercialize the fuel cell technology. Research is financed by Elcogen, Estonian private company. A similar laboratory was recently opened in the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the University of Tartu.

"The arrival of the fuel cell technology into common use in near future will be comparable to technological revolution that took place a century ago when horse carts were replaced by motor vehicles," Professor Endel Lippmaa, Chairman of the Science Board of the National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics said at the opening of the new laboratory.

In September 2001, Elcogen signed first contracts for fuel cell research with the National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics and Institute of Physical Chemistry of the University of Tartu.