Methanol and Hydrogen Could Power the Phones of the Future

May 23 [Wed], 2012, 16:35
A study predicts that 4.5 million portable fuel cells will be commercialized in 2017: the market could finally take off in mobile computing and smartphones and tablets.

To display all the intelligence that is theirs, modern smartphones require considerable energy. Problem: the 18650 battery capacity does not really follow.

The portable fuel cells have long been in the military, industrial and marine industries, but the market for consumer electronics power battery hungry has not yet taken the plunge.

Pike Research finds that the fuel cell industry eyeing the rapid proliferation of smartphones and tablets as a growth opportunity. Several fuel cell manufacturers and large electronics manufacturers (including Toshiba and Hitachi) have already announced and demonstrated small lithium batteries and micro fuel cells for portable various types of portable electronic devices.

The research firm expects that 4.5 million portable fuel cells (mainly in the form of external battery chargers) will be marketed in 2017. With a compound annual growth rate of 237% over the next six years is a phenomenal increase.

The reasoning of the industry is that new electronic devices will continue to require a high energy density over long periods and, if the grid is not available, a fuel cell charger can be. So far, it proved too difficult to incorporate fuel cell technology in the devices itself.

Consumers will they want energy demand for their devices, or they simply choose to put them off for a break? Doubt remains.

One thing is certain, however: it is necessary to carry less equipment the better.
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