First Fuel Cell Finalised

Commercialised design for notebooks shown off.

Now this is a turn up for the books. Fuel cells have long been prompted by big fish like Sanyo and Toshiba, but it appears relative unknown Antig has beaten them to the punch.


Announced today in conjunction with partner AVC Corporation (Asia Vital Components), the company revealed the first commercially finalised fuel cell battery on the market.

Described as ‘CD-ROM size’, the methanol powered battery is designed to slide into a compatible notebook’s media bay slot. Frustratingly, the company did not go into details regarding what operation time it expected to see from the design. Primarily this looks to be because the companies hope to sell the format worldwide, leaving third parties to vary the quantity of methanol injected therefore creating a price range.

Antig was more forthcoming about its second project, however, a 45W producing methanol fuelled portable power system. Like a power lead, it would plug into the port on the back of a laptop and promises to keep it operational for up to eight hours. At 1.7Kg it is a little hefty for a device purely designed to make your life more mobile, but we await more developments with interest.

As for the finalised fuel cell format Antig and AVC said ODM projects are already on their way to unnamed system makers and commercial availability is expected later in the year. The world just got a little bit more interesting, and a lot more flammable….


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