Toshiba develops fuel cell MP3 player prototype
Toshiba has developed
a couple of Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) prototypes for portable audio players:
The 100mW unit, 23x75x10mm in size, can power flash-based players for approximately 35 hours on a single 3.5ml charge of concentrated methanol, claims Toshiba. The 300mW unit is 60x75x10mm in size and delivers sufficient power to keep an HDD-based audio player running for approximately 60 hours on a single 10ml charge, said the company.
Don't expect a fuel cell-powered iPod anytime soon, though. Toshiba's DMFCs aren't expected to be incorporated into commercial products for a couple of years.