Hands on with Horizon fuel cells

Ready to power your iPod with clean, delicious hydrogen? I got a chance to see Horizon fuel cell technologies up close yesterday and I’m pleased to report that soon we all will be using our pent up atoms to power iPods, toy cars, and unmanned assault vehicles. Most of the cells are fairly bulky but they showed a small cell using a hydrogen canister the size of a AA battery that they designed for cellphones as well as a powerful 40W cell that can power an emergency light. They talked about a few potential products coming out down the road — nothing concrete — but they did mention emergency gear and construction tools that used fuel cells. They’re starting slow — no fuel cell cars, just yet — but they’re slowly ramping up and getting ready for some serious applications.

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A prototype fuel cell emergency power supply