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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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