Toshiba Sees Future In Micro Fuel Cells

Toshiba hopes to make a fuel-cell battery that turns methanol directly into electricity and that could be available to the public within two years.

Published: 03-Jan-2002

As he showed off the Toshiba-made gadget to reporters, it started flickering. The battery was low.

"I've been using this all day," he said, frowning. "You don't understand the inconvenience of recharging until you actually use them. I have no time to go back to my desk to recharge this."

He and others in Japan are betting that fuel cells, 21st-century versions of the bulky batteries used to power spacecraft in the 1960s, can provide the solution. These days, fuel cells are mainly used to supply electricity in buildings.



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