Laptop Fuel Cell (by this xmas)
nym | 08:25 AM
Fuel cells are a technology I've long been waiting for. Wearable computing, as well as portable electronics are dependent on power, and nobody likes lugging around heavy batteries. Now it looks like the technology is going to be commercialized within the year.
LG Chem's fuel cell can power a 25W notebook computer for more than 10 hours on 200cc of methanol. Users in remote locations without electricity can simply swap out an empty cartridge for a full one and continue to work for another 10 hours. The fuel cell itself has a working life of more than 4,000 hours (approx 400 cycles) which is 8 times longer than similar products from rival companies, according to LG Chem.
The global demand for portable fuel cells in 2006 is estimated to reach US$600 million, rising to US$1.9 billion by 2010.
From the photo, the fuel cell doesn't look small, but I also remember when a gigabyte drive felt like a brick.