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Friday, June 08, 2007

Digital50: VIASPACE Inc. News and more Business News

One of the technologies at CES 2007 that impressed me the most was the disposable hydrogen fuel cells.  These are cells that are typically a couple inches in diameter and can be a few inches long to almost a foot long.  They can be used to power small generators and they can be hot swapped such that the generator can remain running continuously.  (Ergo you have say 3 cells in a generator that holds four, you remove one depleted cell and replace it with a fully charged cell and you do this without cutting off the generator.)

Below you will find an interesting excerpt on an application of this technology utilizing methanol instead of hyrdogen, which sounds promising from a renewable energy resource, but might not be as clean as Hydrogen for the actual air. 

VIASPACE subsidiary Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Corporation (DMFCC) is engaged in developing, manufacturing, distributing and obtaining safety certification for disposable methanol fuel cartridges to provide the energy source for laptop computers, cell phones and other portable electronic devices powered by direct methanol fuel cells. DMFCC is establishing a leadership position in this growing market by providing the global fuel cartridge manufacturing, distribution and sales infrastructure the industry requires. The company has licensed a large intellectual property portfolio including 59 issued and 59 pending patents on direct methanol fuel cell technology from Caltech and the University of Southern California. DMFCC offers patent protection for OEMs and manufacturers of direct methanol and other liquid hydrocarbon fuel cells.

Source: Digital50: VIASPACE Inc. News and more Business News