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

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

Methanol Fuel Cells to Power Military Laptops

Under military funding, a Califorinia company named Ultracell has developed a 25W methanol fuel cell system capable of running a rugged laptop for 8 hours at a time. Using 250cc canisters of methanol (about the weight of a can of Coke), the system can convert the methanol to hydrogen and the hydrogen to electricity. » 6/24/08 12:00pm 6/24/08 12:00pm