Direct ethanol fuel cell suits portable devices

March 2004
Portable Design;Mar2004, Vol. 10 Issue 3, p8
This article focuses on a prototype of the world's first and smallest direct ethanol fuel cell, developed in 2004, which can be used in portable electronic devices in remote off-grid locations, including mobile phones, personal digital assistants, global positioning system devices and video cameras. Despite its compact dimensions, the fuel container in the tank is good for ten complete recharges of a mobile phone battery. This article focuses on how the prototype illustrates the feasibility of an off-grid system of portable energy production that is environmentally compatible. The use of ethanol as fuel for a Polymeric Electrolyte Membrane fuel cell is made possible by a new catalyst called the Plastinosintetico.


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