TAG: Fuel cells

Two Weeks of Portable Power in Your Pocket

Two Weeks of Portable Power in Your Pocket

In the near future, you could be carrying a portable power plant in your pocket that can provide all of the power you need to recharge your smartphone for a full two weeks, without ever needing to be plugged in. The new technology, which is based on thin-film Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology, but with a proprietary twist, is in the works in the form of a handheld charging device called the Nectar, capable of producing 55,000 mWh of energy from a single cartridge. “To the consumer, it is like having a wall outlet in their pocket. The Power… read more

Is This the Fuel Cell We’re Waiting For?

Is This the Fuel Cell We're Waiting For?

Generating clean power at the point-of-use seems like a great idea, both for the main electrical supply and for backup power, but the options for many locations in urban areas are kind of slim. Wind turbines aren’t efficient where there is a lot of turbulence, such as in urban areas, and even then they either need some form of energy storage to balance peak production and demand, or they are grid-tied (and when the grid is down, so is the turbine). Solar panels are an option, but also need to be tied to the grid or have battery storage, and… read more

HALO Fuel Cell Cooks Dinner, Charges Gadgets

HALO Fuel Cell Cooks Dinner, Charges Gadgets

If you’re looking for a portable and lightweight power station to charge your gadgets on your forays into the backcountry or off of the grid, this compact fuel cell just might be the ticket. The HALO Fuel Cell uses standard campstove fuel canisters to generate electricity for your electronics, at the same time you’re cooking dinner, and could be the perfect addition to a bug-out bag, emergency preparedness kit, or outdoors adventure outfit. The device uses Point Source Power’s M-SOFC fuel cell technology, which is both robust and rugged, as well as claiming a very long usable life: “M-SOFC cells… read more