CHICAGO, June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
JBT Corporation (NYSE: JBT) announced that its JBT AeroTech business has teamed with InnovaTek and EnerFuel in the development of a Fuel Cell Range Extender for battery-powered airport ground support equipment. The multi-phase project is funded by a Department Of Energy grant through their Small Business Innovation Research Program.
JBT AeroTech will collaborate with InnovaTek, a leader in fuel processing technology, and EnerFuel, a fuel cell developer, during Phase I to establish the technology's feasibility to reduce the emissions and fuel costs of airport ground support equipment. The project's overall objective is to develop a fuel cell power system capable of converting Bio-Jet fuel to electricity for the on-board recharging of an electric vehicle's battery. Upon successful completion of the first phase, the project will be eligible for follow-on grants to develop, demonstrate and commercialize the product.
"JBT AeroTech is excited to team up with InnovaTek and EnerFuel for this innovative project which has the potential to make clean energy available for a wide range of aircraft ground support equipment," said John Lee, Vice President and Division Manager, JBT AeroTech. "This project aligns well with JBT's Corporate Social Responsibility commitment to develop efficient solutions for the airlines, ground handling companies and airport authorities to meet their future emission requirements."
About JBT Corporation
JBT Corporation (NYSE:JBT) is a leading global solutions provider to the food processing and air transportation industries. JBT Corporation designs, manufactures, tests and services technologically sophisticated systems and products for regional and multi-national industrial food processing customers through its JBT FoodTech segment and for domestic and international air transportation customers through its JBT AeroTech segment. JBT Corporation employs approximately 3,300 people worldwide and operates sales, service, manufacturing and sourcing operations located in over 25 countries. For more information please visit www.jbtcorporation.comorwww.jbtaerotech.com.
JBT AeroTech, a global leader in high value, motorized airport ground support equipment has been manufacturing electric powered vehicles since 1982. Current electric powered product offerings include the Commander 15i electric loader, B400e push back tractor, CPT-7e cargo transporter, UES-2 passenger boarding steps and RampSnakeÂ® mobile bulk loader.
About InnovaTek, Inc.
InnovaTek, Inc. creates technologies for environmental safety and sustainable power. InnovaTek is a leader in portable fuel processing technology and advanced catalysts for hydrogen production from petroleum and renewable fuels. For more information, visit www.innovatek.com.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Ener1, Inc., EnerFuel has been developing high temperature PEM fuel cell stack and system technology since 2006. The Company has demonstrated expertise in developing integrated fuel cell and battery power systems. For more information, visit www.enerfuel.com.
SOURCE JBT Corporation