Apple Plans For Hydrogen Fuel Cell Battery
>By Edmond Durana
An Apple device that runs on weeks-long battery power that is less bulky and lighter? Sign me up!
Apple has submitted a patent application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. According to the patent office, Apple plans to make devices powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The hydrogen fuel cell battery will potentially power devices such as computers, tablets, and smartphones that will run on weeks-long battery power. These devices powered by fuel cells will also have a less bulkier design and a much lighter weight. According to the Telegraph, the technology works by converting hydrogen and oxygen into water and electrical energy. The diagram (posted above) is part of the patent application and highlights how the hydrogen fuel cell works. Hydrogen fuel cell technology is also being explored for cars and the military.
The patent application also stresses the important political and economic benefits a technology like this would bring, especially with the need for an alternative energy. The patent application says,
“Our country’s continuing reliance on fossil fuels has forced our government to maintain complicated political and military relationships with unstable governments in the Middle East, and has also exposed our coastlines and our citizens to the associated hazards of offshore drilling… These problems have led to an increasing awareness and desire on the part of consumers to promote and use renewable energy sources.”
This is not the first time Apple has explored hydrogen fuel cell technology, Apple also released a pair of patent applications in October.