Canadian Angstrom Power demos fuel cell-powered batteries

It’s kinda late to report this, but it’s quite interesting so here it comes nevertheless.

Angstrom PowerAt this year’s CES, Canada-based Angstrom Power used the regular, unmodified MOTOSLVR L7 to demo their fuel cell-powered batteries. As now one had the time to wait for the phone to run out of power, we’ll have to trust their word on this. According to Angstrom Power’s official release — which follows after the jump — this kind of batteries offer twice the run-time of standard lithium-ion batteries and all it takes is about 10 minutes for the full recharge!

Yeah, we’re in love, but are also kinda sceptical we’ll see them reasonably priced anytime soon. Then again, the “reasonable” part is a matter of personal preferences and, well, one’s wealth… And now Angstrom Power’s release which contains more details about the technology used.

PRESS RELEASE – At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) the world is introduced to concepts that shape the future of electronics. Angstrom Power Inc., a Vancouver, Canada company, has developed a technology that promises just that. Offering twice the run-time of batteries and with recharge times on the order of 10 minutes, Angstrom’s EverOn capability promises to supplant the lithium ion batteries commonly used in today’s portable electronic devices.

Angstrom has announced a global first with the completion of a six-month test of fully integrated fuel cell-powered mobile devices. This revolutionary power platform was successfully integrated into MOTOSLVR L7 handsets for the trial, with no modification to the outside dimensions of the devices. The trial devices did not rely on the use of any battery – instead, they drew power from Angstrom’s Micro Hydrogen platform, which is comprised of a novel fuel cell architecture, innovative micro-fluidics and a revolutionary refillable hydrogen storage tank. Angstrom has demonstrated research results showing twice the talk-time of the equivalent batterypowered devices in side-by-side testing.

Angstrom is currently collaborating with world-leading battery manufacturers, portable electronic device makers and mobile service providers towards the commercialization of its Micro Hydrogen technology.

“As consumer demand for smartphones and multimedia devices grows, so does the need for efficient powering solutions that help enable ‘always on’ experiences.” said Jerry Hallmark, Manager, Energy System Technologies, Motorola Mobile Devices business. “Motorola is working with Angstrom to develop fuel cell technology that will support the increasing energy demands of next generation devices.”

The commercialization of Angstrom’s technology reached another milestone on November 16th, 2007, when the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) created new regulations that will permit Angstrom Power’s devices to be transported globally in the passenger cabin of commercial aircraft. Final approval is expected before the regulations take effect in January 2009. With approval from Transport Canada, which preceded the ICAO regulations, Angstrom products have already made more than 60 commercial flights to date.

Stuart Robinson, Director of Handset Component Technologies at Strategy Analytics Ltd, commented, “Our research shows that insufficient battery run time ranks as one of the leading considerations in the adoption of handheld devices with rich multimedia functionality. Development of Lithium batteries is too slow to meet the growing energy demands of cellular handsets. Angstrom’s achievement, the world’s first successful integration of micro fuel cell technology into a standard mobile handset, demonstrates the potential of micro fuel cells to provide a better solution for demanding mobile energy applications.” The addressable market for Angstrom’s technology is estimated to exceed a billion units annually by 2010.

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