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University of Montana scientists, entrepreneurs take it to the next level at National Hydrogen Conference

April 6, 2009View for printing

Throughout the National Hydrogen Association’s conference and expo, scientists and entrepreneurs have been showing off their ideas for how hydrogen fuel cells can be used.

Magnetic levitation: This was the most futuristic presentation of the day with a computer-generated video showing people boarding sleek, silver space capsules, powered by fuel cells.

Magnetic levitation transportation already exists, mostly in trains that are propelled by a system of magnets.

But Paul Williamson, director of the University of Montana Alternative Energy Technologies , showed off a project that would transport people in individual pods. He called them “silver bullets,” which is sort of what they looked like. His group is planning to build a 400-foot loop to demonstrate the first silver bullet, powered by a fuel cell.

By Noelle Phillips • THE STATE

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