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Toshiba shows fuel cell designs that can possibly take our minds off exploding batteries

Fuel cells are seen as the next big thing in automotive propulsion and consumer electronics and the technology is being continually refined on a daily basis. We've already seen that Honda was able to make the fuel cell stack in its FCX Concept Car 20% smaller and 30% lighter than the previous generation while also boosting power output. Likewise, we are seeing similar improvements in fuel cell designs for notebooks and consumer electronic devices.

With all the fervor surrounding the numerous recalls of Sony-manufactured batteries, many customers are asking if there's better way to power our mobile workstations. Toshiba showed off prototype fuel cell systems for notebook computers back in early June. The admittedly bulky "dock" unit had the ability to power a Portege notebook for 10 hours. At the time, the company was also showing pre-commercial versions of a smaller "flat-bed" style fuel cell that mounted under the laptop.

At CEATEC, Toshiba showcased yet another version of its flat-bed notebook fuel cell and looks to be slightly smaller than the initial prototypes. Although the laptop as a whole still looks rather thick, it appears to a bit more manageable this time around. As the technology matures, we should see the size of the fuel cell shrink to the point where all of the components can fit within the notebook case.

Also on display at CEATEC was Toshiba Gigabeat V30T Windows CE-based portable media player with 1Seg. The fuel cell for the V30T is almost as large as the device itself.

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If only...
By captchaos2 on 10/6/2006 9:51:08 AM , Rating: 2
This could be the next big thing, but it won't be until they can make smaller fuel cells, so it won't really take off until then.

RE: If only...
By h0kiez on 10/6/2006 9:52:28 AM , Rating: 2
True, but there's plenty of promise here...and the progress looks pretty rapid. I don't think it'll be very long before these are really viable.

Different solution
By lemonadesoda on 10/6/2006 10:01:27 AM , Rating: 2
How about an ultra thin laptop, with a "fuel-cell brick"... looks like a regular brick but has a power out that links directly to the laptop with a "quick charge" connector. That way the laptop remains small and light. It works for a good 3hrs, but if more power is needed, the brick can be additionally connected.

In X years, once fuel cell technology has advanced (like batteries have done over the last 10 years) then we can start integrating them INTO the laptop shell.

By therealnickdanger on 10/6/2006 10:03:22 AM , Rating: 2
I'd really like to know more. Bulky or not, mobile professionals will pay for 10 more hours of time...

By Rollomite on 10/6/2006 10:09:41 AM , Rating: 1
At CEATEC, Toshiba showcased yet another version of its flat-bed notebook fuel cell and looks to slightly smaller than the initial prototypes.

should be: looks to be slightly smaller....


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