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USFCC Developing Portable Fuel Cell Air Guidance Document for Security Screeners.



WASHINGTON -- The portable fuel cell era is dawning. The US Fuel Cell Council (USFCC USFCC United States Fuel Cell Council ) is developing a fuel cell Air Guidance Document for airport security screeners and has issued a call to fuel cell developers world-wide to supply information on products that will become available in 2007.

"International regulatory agencies regulatory agency

Independent government commission charged by the legislature with setting and enforcing standards for specific industries in the private sector. The concept was invented by the U.S.
 have approved the transport of fuel cells and certain fuels upon which fuel cell systems operate, in airline passenger cabins beginning in January, 2007," explained Robert Wichert, Technical Director of the USFCC. "The Air Guidance Document is intended to guide airport security screeners in inspecting carry-on baggage.

"If your company plans to market a fuel cell, a fuel cell powered product or a fuel cartridge in 2007 that could be transported in an airline passenger cabin, please send a photo, date of availability and product details to the USFCC for inclusion in its Air Guidance Document," Wichert said.

This list is one aspect of the continuing US Fuel Cell Council efforts to provide guidance pertinent to airport professionals in evaluating the suitability of carrying fuel cells onboard Refers to a chip or other hardware component that is directly attached to the printed circuit board (motherboard). Contrast with offboard. See inboard.  passenger aircraft in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), specialized agency of the United Nations, organized in 1947, with headquarters at Montreal. The objective of the ICAO, which has 187 member nations, is to encourage the orderly growth of international civil aviation,  (ICAO ICAO
abbr.
International Civil Aeronautics Organization

Noun 1. ICAO - the United Nations agency concerned with civil aviation
International Civil Aviation Organization
 - www.icao.int) Technical Instructions, Part 8.

Fuel cell industry efforts to provide guidance and support to airline professionals regarding fuel cell systems approved for carry-on use have progressed through discussions with the International Air Transport Association (IATA IATA

International Air Transport Association, which sets the rules for air transport, including those concerning air transport of animals.
 - www.iata.org). A similar guidance document is planned for Screeners and Security personnel. Drafts are being prepared and will be provided for review and use prior to December, 2006.

For further information, please contact Robert Wichert, at wichert@usfcc.com or 1-916-966-9060. More details are available at www.usfcc.com.
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