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Portable Applications

Micro Power

""Imagine never having to recharge your laptop or replace the expensive batteries in your camera again. With the advent of the fuel cell, conventional batteries could soon be a thing of the past for many applications. And for good reason:

  • Fuel cells together with their fuel storage container can be smaller and lighter than today's battery equivalents.
  • Fuel cells have a higher energy density than batteries. This means that more energy is available per weight - a feature that is particularly important for portable applications that require a lot of energy.
  • Batteries are expensive, discharge with use and, eventually, must be replaced or recharged. Fuel cells continue to generate electrical power almost indefinitely, as long as fuel is supplied. That means more power for us and less battery waste in landfills.
  • Fuel cells require less time to refuel or exchange than batteries do to recharge. A lead-acid battery needs about six hours to recharge, but a hydrogen cylinder could be refilled in a fraction of that time.

""Typical applications for portable micro power are laptops, mobile phones, PDAs and cameras. Micro fuel cells can run on a variety of fuels, including methanol, formic acid, and hydrogen.

 

Compact Power

cartTypical applications for compact power are small backup systems and auxiliary power units (for civil and military uses), lawnmowers, power tools, camping generators and recreational vehicles. Here, the fuel cell replaces two and four-stroke engines or large batteries.

For most compact power applications, hydrogen can be stored either in a pressurized canister or a canister containing a metal alloy, which bonds with hydrogen to form a metal hydride.

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