Hydrofill Fuel Cell Provides Clean Portable way to Charge Gadgets
A cool new product, the HydroFill, developed by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, will allow for a home-use fuel cell system suitable for charging small electronics. The HydroFill extracts hydrogen gas from water and stores it in Hydrostik cartridges with a metal alloy that absorbs the hydrogen. To then charge electronic devices, people use a pocket-size fuel cell charger, called a MiniPak, which pulls hydrogen from the cartridges and produces an electrical current. The MiniPak can charge devices through a USB port and cell phone adapter. To charge the hydrogen cartridges, people either plug the HydroFill into an electrical outlet or use a small solar panel. It's also compatible with small wind turbines. The HydroFill system can pump out 2.5 watts of power, making it suitable for smart phones, small digital cameras, GPS units, and cell phones that typically use 5-volt USB chargers.
The HydroFill system is clean during use because the chemical reaction that happens in hydrogen fuel cells only produces water vapor and no air pollutants.
The company is showcasing the product at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. The product is set for release later in 2010.