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Fuel Cell Powered iPods? myFC Develops Fuel Cell Technology for Mobile Electronics

The FuelCellSticker from myFC provides power for mobile electronics

FuelCellSticker technology from myFC AB could offer a new way to power cell phones, Blackberries, iPhones, laptops and all the other little boxes we carry around every day.

Swedish-based myFC’s stated mission is to create power solutions for mobile electronics, freeing users from power cords and cumbersome, toxic batteries, while allowing manufacturers and service providers to create more energy-intensive mobile devices and applications.

The idea isn’t exactly new. Bic, of disposable lighter and razor fame, is working on fuel cell cartridges for mobile devices, and applications for military field use are available from Germany’s SFC.

But the flexible design of the  0.11-inch-thick, 0.2 ounce FuelCellSticker makes it unique. According to myFC, the simple planer passive design built around a proton exchange membrane (also known as a Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell) optimizes power density and efficiency to meet “the increasing power and volume needs for portable electronics” (note: take it from a middle-aged live sound engineer, watch it on the increased volume!)

Each individual FuelCellSticker provides 0.9 watts of power at 0.5 volts, and can be stacked to provide as much power as needed.

FuelCellStickers form the basis of several prototype fuel cell packs from myFC, including the 1636 chip and the Excess Charger.

While not yet in regular production, reports say that cell packs based on FuelCellSticker technology are coming soon, with made-to-order products available now for specific applications.

More Information:

FuelCellSticker Technology (pdf)

Image Credit: myFC

 

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