For more on portable fuel cells, see the FCHEA's Portable Power Brochure
Portable fuel cells provide power on the go, often in place of batteries or generators. Small fuel cell packs aimed at prolonging the life of cell phones, laptops, and other personal electronic devices are already on the market today. Fuel cells have nearly ten times the power density of batteries, meaning they prolong the life of laptops from hours to days and cell phones from days to weeks, without taking up any additional space.
Fuel cells are also very different from batteries in their use. While batteries take time and a power source to recharge, fuel cells can run as long as fuel is available. Since portable fuel cells cannot be connected to a fixed fuel line like stationary fuel cells, they are usually powered by replaceable fuel cartridges. When one cartridge runs out of power, a new one can be swapped in instantaneously. Cartridges can then be refilled by the consumer or recycled and purchased anew at a cost comparable to batteries.
Larger portable fuel cells are already used for camping, RVs, and power needs in remote locations. A fuel cell cartridge for an RV system weighs just 5% as much as a battery of equal capacity.
For more information on Portable Fuel Cell Applications, see our Fact Sheet and Portable Power Brochure below:
Portable Power Brochure
|European Hydrogen Energy Conference 2014 (EHEC)|
|March 12-14, 2014 | Seville, Spain||ACORE National Renewable Energy Policy Forum|
|March 27-28, 2014 | Washington, DC
||Hannover Messe Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells|
|April 7-11, 2014 | Hannover, Germany||All-Energy Canada Exhibition & Conference|
|April 9-10, 2014 | Toronto, Canada||20th World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC)|
|June 15 - 20, 2014 | Gwangju Metropolitan City, Korea||11th European Fuel Cell Forum|
|July 1 - 4, 2014 | Lucrene, Switzerland||The Fuel Cell - 14th Forum for Producers and Users (f-cell)|
|October 6 - 8, 2014 | Stuttgart, Germany|