Jan
08

Fuel Cells The Wave Of The Future?

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Thanks go out to MacTipper for his help with my battery issue.

In my research on Mac Batteries and other battery issues in the past few days. I came across some articles, and saw something on CNN as well, about fuel cells, their technology and development.

Information found at the NFCRC stated that, “fuel cells are considered a prime candidate for ‘green’ energy production: clean, quiet, and efficient. Despite their relatively new arrival on the popular scene, fuel cells have already found their way into early commercial testing in stationary (building) applications and prototype testing in mobile and portable applications.”

And I am wondering if while these fuel cells are being harnessed for things like cars and buildings, even some portable electronics, how long will it be until Jobs and others over at Apple are able to harness this energy and place them in the MacBooks, iPods and other products.

The difference between fuel cells and batteries is that batteries only store energy, while fuel cells actively produce electricity continuously as long as fuel and air are available. This gives the potential for longer amounts of battery use and more efficient energy.

Rumors at ComputerWorld hint that Apple might instead try using Silver-Zinc battery technology, a more tested component used by NASA and Aircraft Industries for years.

It is apparent that the efficiency of batteries, environmental issues and research are lending credibility to the fact that Apple could very well be making some shifts in its battery components within the next year.

What do you think Apple will do? Let us know in the comments below.





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