The magnesium-air fuel cell technology, initially discovered in the 1960s, remained a classroom curiosity for years due to the energy consuming formation of hydrogen during electrolysis. Despite considerable research, including by the U.S. Military, power levels and efficiencies required to compete against conventional batteries or fossil fuel powered generators were not achieved.
MagPower was established in 1999 and, in the ensuing years, discovered the means to turn the magnesium air fuel cell from an electrical curiosity into an energy source with disruptive market potential.
In the ensuing years the company focused on exploring the characteristics and properties developing a series of fuel cell applications such as generators and emergency lanterns. Corporate objectives now focus on licensing and development partnerships engaging the wider research community and OEMs for inclusion in commercial applications, production and sales.