BBC NEWS | Technology | Fuel cells in laptops edge closer

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2021-05-31 08:30:11

The current Toshiba prototype is still too bulky Electronics companies are promoting fuel cells as an environmentally-friendly and convenient alternative to traditional lithium ion batteries.

The technology promises to supplement or replace today's batteries in laptops. Instead of storing power, fuel cells generate electricity by breaking down methanol via an electrochemical process.

Recently, Toshiba, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Samsung and Sanyo, among others, have shown prototypes that suggest that the technology is just around the corner.

Toshiba started fuel cell development for PCs about four years ago. It is working towards commercialisation next year, said Tomoaki Arimura of Toshiba's Methanol Fuel Cell Group.

We've dropped it on its front, its back, its edges, and we've found it to be extremely strong Tomoaki Arimura, Toshiba Toshiba's phase one fuel cell shows how near, but also how far, the version is from being a commercial reality.

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