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Apple patent application  (Source: Apple Insider)

Apple patent application  (Source: Apple Insider)
Apple is looking to create, lighter, more efficient devices using fuel cells

Apple is interested in making fuel cell-powered mobile devices, according to Apple patent applications published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

According to two published Apple patent applications, called "Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing Device" and "Fuel Cell System Coupled to a Portable Computing Device," Apple is looking to build lighter and smaller mobile devices like MacBooks (Air, Pro) by replacing current batteries with a fuel cell system.

This may not come as a surprise to many, since Apple has filed other patent applications for lighter hydrogen fuel cells. Those patents, which were brought to light this past October, described a building process where multiple fuel cells are connected by a power bus in a parallel pattern, and a voltage-multiplying circuit is added for additional voltage to the stack.

Now, Apple hopes to utilize these lighter, more efficient fuel cells in its mobile products in an effort to promote renewable energy sources and offer devices with the ability to run for days or even weeks without refueling, according to the patent applications. The devices will also be lighter and less bulky due to the lack of traditional batteries.

The first patent application, "Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing Device," states Apple's case for wanting to use fuel cell technology in their devices. While current fuel cell technology for mobile products requires the user to carry a fuel cartridge for recharging purposes, Apple wants to integrate fuel cells right into their electronics.

The second patent application, "Fuel Cell System Coupled to a Portable Computing Device," describes how the fuel cell system would work with a rechargeable battery where one would power the other when necessary, and vice versa.

"This eliminates the need for a bulky and heavy battery within the fuel system, which can significantly reduce the size, weight, and cost of the fuel system," said the second patent application. "This fuel system includes a fuel stack cell which converts fuel into electrical power. It also includes a controller which controls operation of the fuel cell system."

One challenge will be creating a hydrogen fuel cell system that is cost-effective, according to Apple.

Both patents were filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2010.

Sources: CNET, Apple Insider



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RE: Idea?
By Cheesew1z69 on 12/23/2011 5:37:06 PM , Rating: 2
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One of the popular misconceptions about Apple's patent campaign is that the outcome they are seeking is to ban competing products
LOL, I sure would like some of the drugs you are on. They aren't trying to ban the competitors products? LOL! Samsung changed the design in, what was it, Germany? Apple then tried to get the NEW design banned but, you are right, they aren't trying to ban the competitors products. You are something else.


RE: Idea?
By B-Unit on 12/23/2011 6:19:32 PM , Rating: 3
Lets be fair, he said 'Although they will seek bans and injunctions where it tactically suits them'

Of course, 'whenever and wherever they can' seems to be what tactically suits them.


RE: Idea?
By Cheesew1z69 on 12/23/2011 6:50:39 PM , Rating: 2
When they start trying to ban a NEW design, IMO, they are just out to get rid of them plain and simple. They don't like the competition and it's showing.


RE: Idea?
By Tony Swash on 12/23/11, Rating: -1
RE: Idea?
By Tony Swash on 12/23/11, Rating: -1
RE: Idea?
By Cheesew1z69 on 12/24/2011 9:49:28 AM , Rating: 2
You can explain it how ever you like, it's obvious they are trying to get the competitors removed from the market. When they try to get a NEW design banned as well, it's quite obvious at this point. But as usual, you'll come up with some half cocked story trying to push your way on people to try to convince them this is good. It's not, plain and simple.


RE: Idea?
By spread on 12/24/2011 3:11:27 AM , Rating: 2
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Apple put a lot of effort into making very distinctive products and having a very distinctive brand


By blatantly stealing like in this example of a fuel cell battery.

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Although a ban might fortuitously (from Apple's point of view) temporarily prevent one or more of their competitors from selling in various markets they know that there is absolutely not the remotest chance that they could prevent their competitors from selling competing products for any length of time, or even permanently.


You speak as if you work for Apple. You don't work for Apple. You don't benefit by their patent. You don't benefit by talking about their patent or talking about Apple. Apple doesn't even know you exist.

You're like a rabid sports fan when they talk about "their team". Oh this season we went all the way to the championship. My team is so great, my players did really well meanwhile completely oblivious that they're on the sidelines looking in. A psychologist would have a field day with you Tony. Crazy old man.


RE: Idea?
By Tony Swash on 12/24/2011 6:39:06 AM , Rating: 1
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By blatantly stealing like in this example of a fuel cell battery.


Whether that is true or not it does not invalidate my argument which was not about how Apple did stuff but why. You appear to have missed the point.

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You're like a rabid sports fan when they talk about "their team". Oh this season we went all the way to the championship. My team is so great, my players did really well meanwhile completely oblivious that they're on the sidelines looking in. A psychologist would have a field day with you Tony. Crazy old man.


Generally in my experience when people start attacking people personally it's because they have run out of ideas to use in retort but want to say something to cover that up.

By the way when did supporting a sports team become something despicable?

What's more mentally healthy, posting comments about stuff you own and like or posting comments about stuff you don't own and don't like? You tell me.


RE: Idea?
By Cheesew1z69 on 12/24/2011 11:01:47 AM , Rating: 1
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You're like a rabid sports fan when they talk about "their team". Oh this season we went all the way to the championship. My team is so great, my players did really well meanwhile completely oblivious that they're on the sidelines looking in. A psychologist would have a field day with you Tony. Crazy old man.
Not really an attack because he is spot on, but you think whatever you like. Keep sucking on that Apple tit. Maybe one day you will realize they are just a company and don't give 2 shits about you or your thoughts.


RE: Idea?
By spread on 12/24/2011 8:44:32 PM , Rating: 1
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Generally in my experience when people start attacking people personally it's because they have run out of ideas to use in retort but want to say something to cover that up.


You're right. I attack because we can't have a respectful discussion. You're full of lies and bull and you have no respect for others. Why should I have respect for you? If you want proper discourse you earn it by doing the same. Be respectful and people do the same.

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By the way when did supporting a sports team become something despicable?


When it becomes a defining characteristic of your life.

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What's more mentally healthy, posting comments about stuff you own and like or posting comments about stuff you don't own and don't like? You tell me.


It's far beyond stuff you like. When you make statements like "Apple rescued me", you reach a new level of... worship.

It's funny because you don't see this with other brands. Microsoft fanboys are pathetic but shit like this: http://www.theapplecollection.com/Collection/objec...

That's just messed up. Replace all those tattoos and body modifications with Microsoft logos. Looks pretty insane doesn't it? Like this: http://stereogum.com/img/zune_tattoo2.jpg

That's a Zune tattoo, a Microsoft trademark for their media subscription service.


RE: Idea?
By spread on 12/24/2011 9:54:33 PM , Rating: 2
Also Merry Christmas.


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