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Proton makes fuel-cell powered bus to run in Prague

Proton Power Systems, a German developer of hydrogen fuel-cell technology, will make a fuel-cell powered bus to operate in Prague in 2009.

Proton will partner with FKI Plc's Skoda Electric Pilsen, a trolley and bus manufacturer, to make the bus, the German company said in a statement distributed by the Regulatory News Service. The project, funded by the European Commission and the Czech Nuclear Research Institute, will contribute €1.1 million ($1.4 million) in revenue over the next two years, Proton, based in Starnberg, Germany said. Fuel cells create electricity in a chemical reaction that combines hydrogen and oxygen, ideally with only water vapor as a byproduct. They have been used on spacecraft since the 1960s. (Bloomberg)