Toshiba has been talking about Fuel Cells for a fair while, but it looks like the technology might be closer to realisation than some of you (and I, to be honest) might have though. In a report published today (inspiringly) entitled: "Strategies for Transforming Toshiba Group" one of the plans mentioned is the launch of an external fuel cell battery charger in the second half of this financial year.
That timeframe gives Toshiba about two months (remember, the financial year starts in April) to have said fuel cells on the market, which sounds promising in so much as there's the implication Toshiba has a commercially viable fuel cell implementation ready. Although those of us hoping for a fuel cell-powered laptops or HTC Hero, perhaps, will be waiting longer. Sure, Toshiba will be commercialising "packs for cell phones and PCs in due course" but that could be years for all we know.
With precious little information other than Toshiba's apparent intent to start properly pushing fuel cell technology out it's hard to be all that enthused. Nonetheless, by 2015 Toshiba sees net sales for fuel cells hitting a not-insubstantial ¥160 billion (£992 million) so we can only assume it won't be messing about in grabbing itself as big a market and mind share as possible early on.
Just hurry up and get my a fuel cell-powered NB200 and I'll be happy.