Press Releases

InnovaTek Ships Fuel Reformer to UltraCell for UAV


Several prototype InnovaGen® fuel processors were delivered to UltraCell, LLC for integration into its fuel cell power system for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The power system, known as RIPPED (Renewable Integrated Propulsion Power Electricity & Distribution) is designed to produce an all-electric hybrid powered UAV. InnovaTek’s technology permits the operation of the fuel cell using logistical fuels by producing hydrogen from fuel through a catalytic process.  Development of the power system is being supported by the U.S.

InnovaTek Honored at WSU Foundation Recognition Gala


Pullman, WA – Dr. Patricia Irving, InnovaTek CEO, and Ms. Kathryn Rightor, InnovaTek CFO, represented InnovaTek at the 38th Annual Washington State University Foundation Recognition Gala in Pullman, WA.  InnovaTek was recognized as a Benefactor Honoree for the Company’s significant donations of scientific equipment and instrumentation to the WSU School of Engineering.  The Gala included a reception at the President’s Residence and a dinner at Beasley Coliseum on the University Campus.  Dr. Irving and Ms.

SAFCell, Inc. Awards Contract to InnovaTek for Fuel Processing Technology


InnovaTek received a multi-year contract from SAFCell, Inc. of Pasadena, CA, to provide fuel processing technology for a portable fuel cell system that they are developing for the U.S. Army.  InnovaTek’s proprietary technology will process jet fuel to supply hydrogen for SAFCell’s 50 Watt solid acid fuel cell for soldier portable power applications.

InnovaTek Delivers Prototype to U.S. Army


Richland, WA – InnovaTek has delivered to the U.S. Army a prototype InnovaGen® fuel processor that produces hydrogen from JP-8 fuel (jet fuel) for a 300 Watt fuel cell.

InnovaTek is Founding Sponsor of Mid-Columbia STEM Network


InnovaTek is a founding sponsor of the Mid-Columbia STEM Network which is being created to make a substantial and sustainable impact on the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in the Mid-Columbia.

InnovaTek teams with SAFCell on $3.7 million REBELS Project


InnovaTek is a member of a team led by SAFCell, Inc., of Pasadena, CA selected to receive a $3.7 million award from the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to develop an intermediate temperature fuel cell for low-cost distributed power generation.

InnovaTek Donation Supports STEM Educators


A donation of $5,000 from InnovaTek to the Washington State STEM Education Foundation will be used to help fund a professional development day for STEM teachers in the Mid-Columbia.

Army Funds InnovaTek for Portable Power Technology


The U.S. Army is looking for a solution that replaces batteries for powering portable electronic devices and InnovaTek has the answer – a miniature fuel processor that produces clean hydrogen from butanol for a fuel cell.

InnovaTek Funded for Airport Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle


The Department of Energy has selected InnovaTek to receive a Phase I award under its Small Business Innovation Research Program for development of a Fuel Cell Range Extender for battery-powered airport ground support equipment.

DOE Funds InnovaTek for Hydrogen Technology


The Department of Energy’s Office of Science has awarded a $100,000 Phase I Small Business Innovation Research contract to InnovaTek to develop a water gas shift (WGS) membrane reactor that allows production of pure hydrogen from biomass and coal derived syngas. The Company will collaborate with Pall Corporation of Port Washington, NY to develop the technology.

InnovaTek Signs Development Agreement for Hydrogen Technology


InnovaTek has signed a joint development agreement with Chevron Technology Ventures LLC (CTV), a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., for the development of fuel processing technology for generating hydrogen from biodiesel and other liquid fuels. The technology is intended for use in refueling stations for fuel cell and hydrogen vehicles.

InnovaTek Delivers Fuel Processor to Army


InnovaTek has delivered an InnovaGen®5 fuel processor to the U.S. Army Research Lab in Maryland. The prototype device is a deliverable under a two-phase research and development project funded through the Defense Department’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.

Department of Homeland Security Awards Research Contract


InnovaTek has been awarded a $100,000 contract from the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop an advanced, low cost aerosol collector. The collector will be used for surveillance sensors and personal monitoring for bio-defense applications.

Army Awards Contract for Portable Power


InnovaTek has been awarded a $780,000 contract from the U.S. Army for the development of a novel fuel processor. The device will generate hydrogen for a fuel cell to provide a reliable portable power source for the individual soldier for extended missions.

ChevronTexaco Executive Joins InnovaTek


Dr. Jeffrey Harrison has joined InnovaTek as Director of the Company's Sustainable Power Division. He is responsible for directing InnovaTek's efforts in the design, development, and commercialization of fuel processing technology.

InnovaTek Captures Innovation Funds


InnovaTek, Inc. received notification last week from the U.S. Defense Department that it has been selected for award of three Phase I contracts under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.

Pacific Northwest National Lab Interviews Patricia Irving


InnovaTek CEO, Patricia Irving, tells how Pacific Northwest National Laboratory helped InnovaTek get started through licensed technology, technical and business assistance, PNNL staff, use of PNNL's facilities, and access to equipment.

InnovaTek Receives 2001 Entrepreneurial Award


InnovaTek was one of ten companies receiving the 2001 Entrepreneurial Award in a program jointly sponsored by the Richland Rotary Club and the Tri-City Industrial Development Council (TRIDEC).

InnovaTek Receives DOE Contracts for Energy Technology


InnovaTek has been awarded two contracts from the Department of Energy (DOE) for the development of energy conversion technologies. The awards were made under DOE's Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy and Small Business Innovation Programs.