Honda Will Have An All-New EV And Hybrid By 2018

Despite repeated claims that 2015 would be the "year of Honda," Honda's press event only big reveals were a couple of claims that they'd have an all-new, all-electric vehicle by 2018, along with a plug-in hybrid the same year. We did get to see their FCV Concept in person for the first time in North America, so that's… » 1/13/15 3:59pm 1/13/15 3:59pm

The Next Prius? What It's Like To Drive Toyota's $57,000 Hydrogen Car

Hydrogen fuel cells are a cool technology that were perfected to enable humans to go to the moon. Now that they're perfected even more, they're enabling humans to go to work or the liquor store, and, incredibly, this is progress. The Toyota Mirai is an example of this remarkable progress. Funny looking, maybe, but it… » 11/20/14 4:09pm 11/20/14 4:09pm

This Fuel Cell Keeps Running Even When It's Out of Fuel

Fuel cells are amazing things but, just like any portable energy source, they occasionally need topping up with juice. This one, however, can keep on going even when it runs out of fuel. What kind of sorcery is this? » 7/03/12 9:20am 7/03/12 9:20am

Vampiric Implants Siphon Clam Essence for Electrical Power

Tomato juice, Bud Light, home electronics—is there anything clam won't work well in? Everybody's favorite bi-valve is now an essential part of an experimental engine—it's the battery. » 4/18/12 1:00am 4/18/12 1:00am

Vampiric Implants Turn Snails Into Tiny Recon Scouts

The idea of using insects and other small creatures as data-gathering devices has always been hampered by the need for short-lived external batteries. But what if you used the animal's own metabolism to continuously power their sensors? » 3/12/12 10:00pm 3/12/12 10:00pm

HydroFILL Squeezes Electricity Out of Your Tap Water

Fuel cell outfitter Horizon is now offering a personal hydrogen power plant for use with its MiniPAK and HydroSTIK products. Although it isn't cheap, the system will (cleanly!) charge all of your small devices using the same water you drink. » 7/22/10 3:40pm 7/22/10 3:40pm

Remainders - The Things We Didn't Post: What Lies Beneath Edition

In today's Remainders: things lurking below the surface. Literally, a fuel cell-powered fish. Less literally, ISP's seething contempt for the FCC's new National Broadband Plan. Also: Samsung's David Lee Roth tablet love and a helicopter with rocket-powered blades. Yikes. » 3/16/10 5:50pm 3/16/10 5:50pm

Giz Explains: Fuel Cells and Bloom Energy's Miracle Box

The Bloom Box is the latest energy miracle that sounds too good to be true: Debuting with a wide-eyed segment on 60 Minutes, it promises to be clean, cheap and backyard-friendly, the solution to our energy problems. What is it? » 2/24/10 4:55pm 2/24/10 4:55pm

The Future of Charging Gadgets? Toshiba's Methanol Fuel Cell Is…

As mentioned last week, Toshiba's first batch of 3,000 direct-methanol fuel cell (DMFC) chargers—the first from a major manufacturer—hit Japan on Thursday. The IDG News Service has been testing one, and here are their first impressions: » 10/27/09 11:39am 10/27/09 11:39am

Toshiba's Dynario Hybrid Fuel Cell/Li-ion Finally Makes 3,000 Unit…

The Dynario fuel cell charger from Toshiba will launch in Japan on Oct 29, bringing with it direct methane fuel cell injection that lets you charge two cellphones simultaneously. » 10/22/09 2:26am 10/22/09 2:26am

Sony Retro-Looking Fuel Cell Battery Is a Speaker Is a Charger

Sony's new concepts for fuel cell batteries come in some interesting flavors, like these speakers-with 70s transistor radio look-that can recharge your phone or multimedia player. Or the fuel-powered, completely-wireless, coffee maker-looking home theater speaker. » 2/25/09 7:28am 2/25/09 7:28am

World's Smallest Fuel Cell Could Power Your Gadgets

Chemical engineers working at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a hydrogen fuel cell that measures only 3 millimeters across. That could mean longer lasting, eco-friendly power for your gadgets. » 1/22/09 4:40pm 1/22/09 4:40pm

Congressman's Fuel Cell Road Trip Was Horrifically Inefficient

Congressman Eric Massa of NY tried to drive a fuel cell car from NY to DC to make an environmental point and to show how great fuel cell cars are. He failed at both. » 1/12/09 8:30pm 1/12/09 8:30pm

Mobion Methanol USB Charger Coming Soon

This has been years in the making, but it seems we will be able to get our own fuel-cell-based USB charger by the end of 2009. I still wonder if the FAA will allow these. » 12/11/08 8:12am 12/11/08 8:12am

Horizon H-Racer 2.0: Faster, Greener, Less Likely To Smash Into Walls

The original Horizon H-Racer hydrogen fuel-cell toy just got an update: Before, you could fill it with water and let 'er rip. Now, you can actually steer the bastard. » 12/03/08 10:00pm 12/03/08 10:00pm

Panasonic Laptop Fuel Cell Delivers 20 Hours of Power With Highly…

Panasonic's latest fuel cell breakthrough is the world's smallest designed for notebooks—270cc, about the same size as the existing lithium ones. They use highly concentrated methanol, similar to ones designed for the military as the fuel source, though 200cc of juice will give you 20 hours of power—or a whole one… » 10/20/08 10:30am 10/20/08 10:30am

Korean Research Makes Hydrogen Manufacture 30 Times Cheaper

Scientists at Korea's S&P Energy Research Institute have worked out a way of manufacturing hydrogen that's 20-30 times cheaper than current methods. Typical electrolysis methods in use take about 4 to 4.5 kWh of energy for each cubic meter of H2 gas but the new Korean method (apparently a chemical process) takes just… » 10/20/08 10:15am 10/20/08 10:15am

First Ever Hydrogen Vehicle 'Cross-Country' Road Trip Had a Lot of Help

I'm all for hydrogen-or any alternative fuel source for that matter (Shai Agassi, my man, let's get cooking already! » 8/24/08 10:45pm 8/24/08 10:45pm)-but if you're going to heavily promote your cross-country trek as the "first ever" for hydrogen-powered vehicles, at least make sure large, 1,000-mile stretches of it did not involve having the…

Charge an iPod With Vodka? Sounds Educational, Incapacitating

Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies have launched the the Bio Energy Discovery Kit, a product that they are calling "the fuel cell industry's first direct ethanol product." The kit directly converts alcohol into electricity and can run non-stop for days on end. The purpose of the kit is to introduce fuel cell technology to… » 8/19/08 8:20pm 8/19/08 8:20pm

Much Cheaper Fuel Cells On The Way With New Prototype

Australian researchers have developed a new fuel cell prototype that could lead to much cheaper, more efficient fuel cell vehicles in the near future. Scientists at Monash University in Melbourne created a new cathode that could bypass the need for expensive platinum nanoparticles, which adds about $3500 to $4000 to… » 8/02/08 12:00pm 8/02/08 12:00pm