Move over lithium ions….. Hydrogen fuels cells are here!
In 1991, Sony and Asahi Kasei released the first commercial lithium-ion battery. It revolutionised the world of electronics, allowing mobile devices to be powered for long durations without the need to recharge. Since then, lithium-ion batteries haven’t changed much and the effects are becoming apparent.
Today we live in a world where electronic devices are essential. They keep us notified and connected, allowing us to stay-in-touch with the world. Mobile phones are now more popular than people, reaching 7.2 billion on the last count. Mobile phone usage has increased drastically and the lithium-ion batteries used to power these devices is starting to struggle. Flagship phones these days can barely handle 10-hours of use, needing between 1 and 3 charges a day sometimes.
Recently, a British called Intelligent Energy, announced they had created a hydrogen-fuel cell which can fit in an iPhone 6 and last up to a week on normal usage. The hydrogen cell powering the prototype iPhone 6 creates electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen, generating small amounts of heat and water vapour as waste.
When speaking to the Telegraph, chief executive of Intelligent Energy, Henri Winand said: “To our knowledge this has never been done before.”
“We have now managed to make a fuel cell so thin we can fit it to the existing chassis without alterations and retaining the rechargeable battery. This is a major step because if you are moving to a new technology you have to give people a path they are comfortable with.”
Intelligent Energy’s hydrogen fuel cell is a breath of fresh air for the commercial electronics market. Electronic gadgets are more popular than ever and the need for newer energy sources is on the rise.
Rumour has it that Apple is already in talks with Intelligent Energy and if so, could be a game changer. More will be revealed in the coming months, so stay tuned…