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Posted on January 13, 2016 by  & 

Hydrogen fuel cell-powered devices

Intelligent Energy has unveiled a number of consumer electronic prototypes powered by an embedded hydrogen fuel cell, to significantly extend the up time of the devices and provide a solution to the battery life conundrum facing consumers today. The prototypes follow on from the company's announcement in December 2015 that it has developed a prototype hydrogen fuel cell powered range extender for drones.
According to Intelligent Energy, by embedding a hydrogen fuel cell into a phone, drone, tablet or laptop, consumers of energy can become producers of energy and have the freedom of instant energy for their electronic devices when and where they want it. The fuel cell technology fits into the existing hardware. There is no need for any existing battery technology to be removed to accommodate the fuel cell, but instead the two work side by side.
"Our award winning technology can be scaled up or down for a vast range of commercial applications either to independently power the device or complement the existing battery," said Julian Hughes, Acting Managing Director for Intelligent Energy's Consumer Electronics Division. "The addition fuel cell provides a dual power source to extends device life by up to an entire week. The existing grid infrastructure was not designed to keep up with today's power requirements and alternatives need to be developed, which is where we come in. What we are aiming for is to mobilise energy production for consumer electronics and unleash the potential to realise a true global wireless economy."
Intelligent Energy recognises the importance of energy on demand as consumers are more connected and mobile than ever.
Source and top image: Intelligent Energy
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