When fuel cells gets to handheld GPS

When fuel cells gets to handheld GPS
At the Annual International Small Fuel Cells Conference in Atlanta, MicroFuel Cells Inc is showing a prototype of embedded micro fuel cell design for handheld GPS devices. MTI Micro claims this prototype provides three times as much energy as GPS devices powered by four disposable AA batteries. “On a model with a large, full-color screen, this fuel cell design generates up to 60 hours of continuous power and provides weeks instead of days of typical usage” said MTI Micro.

“MTI Micro is exploring the integration of our Mobion platform with GPS devices as part of our strategy to bring micro fuel cell technology to a wide range of portable consumer electronic device market segments,” said Peng Lim, President and CEO of MTI. “Battery life is a key issue with handheld GPS devices, especially as manufacturers add advanced energy-hungry features to new models, such as larger full color screens. Our Mobion powered GPS prototype will provide handheld GPS users such as hikers and campers, travelers, boaters, pilots and other sports enthusiasts the peace of mind of much longer usage time and will help them do away with the expense, bulk and environmental unfriendliness of conventional batteries.”

MTI Micro’s fuel cell works with rechargeable methanol cartridges.

Airplane limitations waived

So far there were still some limitations in the carrying of methanol-based fuel cells in airplanes. However, the U.S. Department of Transportation ("DOT") this week issued a final ruling that will permit passengers and crew to carry methanol fuel cell cartridges and fuel cell systems designed for portable electronic devices on board airplanes in carry-on baggage. The effective date of the ruling is October 1, 2008, although voluntary compliance with the ruling may commence as of May 30, 2008. Canada, China, Japan and the United Kingdom are among the countries that have already incorporated the passenger allowance into their national standards.

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