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Smartphone manufacturer gives millions to fuel-cell company to develop a battery that lasts a week

Posted: , by Alan F.

Smartphone manufacturer gives millions to fuel-cell company to develop a battery that lasts a week
What is the most important thing on a smartphone owner's mind? Battery life, of course. After all, the major platforms each have options available that result in longer battery life. These battery savers usually do their job by lowering the screen brightness, turning off certain sensors, shutting off processes running in the background, and more.

But someday, battery savers might not be needed. According to a company involved with fuel cells, that day could be just two-years away. British fuel-cell developer Intelligent Energy Holdings is receiving $7.6 million from "an emerging smartphone maker" to help it develop a fuel-cell system small enough to power a smartphone. The battery works by converting hydrogen into electric power, while leaving water vapor in the process. The fuel cell battery for smartphones would be able to last one week between charges.

The company is using the money from the unnamed phone producer to develop a prototype and says that such a device is best suited for power scarce areas of the world. Companies like Morgan Stanley and Ikea have turned to the technology to access plentiful energy that is "clean." In London, Intelligent Energy's 'Black Cabs' use fuel cells to transport passengers without leaving harmful emissions in the air.

"Embedding fuel-cell technology into portable devices provides a solution to the current dilemma of battery life. With consumers demanding more and more from their phones, battery innovation has not kept up."-Julian Hughes, acting managing director, Consumer Electronics division, Intelligent Energy

Henri Winand, chief executive of Intelligent Energy, says that this battery could be just two years away from becoming real. "The killer app is a battery with a seven-day refresh life and we think that will appeal to everyone. It’s not just for intrepid explorers," the executive added.

source: Bloomberg

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posted on 08 Feb 2016, 14:17 2

1. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

With the small drawback of carrying a small hidrogen bomb in your pocket... it does not look like this tech is for everyone to use.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 14:24 10

2. tedkord (Posts: 14218; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

You're already carrying a small bomb in your pocket with current lithium battery tech.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 15:42 4

6. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

thats old news from a year or 2 ago, apple made a patent about hydro fuel cell, and an english group actually made one for real then apple said we will watch the progress, meaning they will do as the always do let others do the work of making something happen then they buy them or sue them for patent infringing

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 16:01 2

8. nctx77 (Posts: 2410; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

My dude, you know Google has aquired more companies than Apple right? They even bought Android. Also, who has Apple sued recently other than Samsung?

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 15:52 2

7. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3371; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

A fuel cell battery wouldn't be splitting any atoms so no it wouldn't be like a hydrogen bomb in your pocket lol. I'm sure safety is at the top of their list of things to achieve while working on these new batteries and don't act like lithium ion and polymer batteries aren't already small bombs in your pocket lol.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 02:12

12. shahrooz (Posts: 785; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)

Neither does a hydrogen bomb, hydrogen bombs fuse atoms. Fuel cells use a controlled chemical reaction to produce electric flow.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 02:52

13. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3371; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

Ah ok thx for that, I didn't know it fused atoms but I did know fuel cell batteries use chemical reactions to produce energy.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 15:13 3

4. xocomaox (Posts: 161; Member since: 14 Dec 2015)

This will not help smartphones get 1 weeks worth of battery life.

Manufacturers will just make the phones as thin as a piece of glass and will still only last one day.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 15:28

5. joevsyou (Posts: 1044; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)

companies and government's give millions to these companies every year. However a lot professorial doesn't expect a true battery overhaul to come till 2020.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 20:50

9. Michael.Parker (Posts: 273; Member since: 22 Aug 2015)

$7.5 million from an emerging smartphone maker?
My guess is it's Oneplus donating the money after the arrogant CEO started trying to give advice to Samsung and talks about their big ambitions.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 22:00 1

10. ibend (Posts: 6685; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

that will be useless, because:
1. you need to re-fuel this things every week.. and even fuel-cell fueling station isnt widely available
2. apple granted patent for fuel-cell for phone, so even if other company make breakthrough in this tech, they'll need to pay apple to use it, even if apple itself cant make that tech yet, lol

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 00:04

11. JustChill (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)

Strange indeed! Smartphone battery technology not evolving....

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 04:20

14. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 533; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


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