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Toshiba direct methanol fuel cell
Mark Peters : September 4th 2005 - 21:00 CET
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ToshibaToshiba direct methanol fuel cell : At the IFA show 2005 in Berlin I found a great alternative for rechargeable batteries for personal devices such as Notebook-PCs, digital audio players, portable DVD players, cellular phones, etc. This high tech innovation has been public for some time now, but still its potential is or could be great. Fuel cell itself generates power enabling users to power a device for as long as the fuel tank is topped up. Toshiba has developed the world's smallest Direct Methanol Fuel Cell using a high concentration of methanol as fuel. It is a completely different way of thinking. A Fuel Cell is like a small generator. It produces energy from fuel, such as hydrogen or alcohol to power a chemical reaction.
Toshiba direct methanol fuel cellToshiba Fuel Cell - Direct Methanol
This chemical reaction is without combustion or moving parts like a turbine. According to Toshiba this is one of the reasons why Fuel Cells are highly efficient and reliable. Toshiba is using a higher concentration of methanol (99.5%) which enables Toshiba to make a tiny system. This is necessary to integrate it into portable devices such as digital audio players and cellular phones. You need only 2ml of fuel to ensure power for 20 hours operation of an MP3 audio player. Toshiba is actually running field tests with mobile phones at this moment.

About Toshiba
Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH is the European engineering, manufacturing, marketing and sales arm of Toshiba Semiconductor Company and Display Devices and Components Company. Toshiba is recognized as one of the world's largest suppliers of semiconductor, electronic component and storage solutions. Toshiba's Semiconductor capabilities include system LSI, high value-added and high performance memories, microprocessors and microcontrollers, and discrete devices. The company is also responsible for global sales and marketing of other major electronic components including liquid crystal displays, colour display and picture tubes, lithium-ion and other secondary batteries. Toshiba offers a broad range of enabling technology solutions that allow OEMs to develop advanced integrated products for the communications, digital consumer, automotive and industrial markets.

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