Intelligent Energy launches a Customer-Funded £5.25m Project
Intelligent Energy has signed a Joint Development Agreement with an emerging smartphone OEM with the goal to develop embedded fuel cell technology for the manufacturer's devices. Once embedded, a fuel cell has the potential to keep a smartphone powered for more than a week without plugging into the wall socket. It is intended that the program will build on Intelligent Energy's existing prototype smartphone with an embedded fuel cell and result in the licensing of Intelligent Energy's technology.
Following on from the announcement on 30 November 2015, this deal will see Intelligent Energyâ€™s Consumer Electronics division and the OEM working closely to deliver a tailored development and integration program for a specific smartphone application to address limitations imposed by the lithium-ion batteries currently used as a source of power.
With smartphones using an ever increasing amount of power as they become more sophisticated, consumers are becoming increasingly frustrated with the current limitations of battery life. Embedding a fuel cell into the phone, means consumers can have off grid power for their phones when and where they want. Intelligent Energyâ€™s solution retains the smartphoneâ€™s existing technology including its battery.
Julian Hughes, Acting Managing Director for Intelligent Energyâ€™s Consumer Electronics division, said: â€œWe have been working with the OEM over the recent weeks, demonstrating to them what our hydrogen fuel cell technology can achieve when embedded into a smartphone.
â€œWe believe embedding fuel cell technology into portable devices provides a solution to the current dilemma of battery life and with consumers demanding more and more from their phones, battery innovation has not kept up. What we offer is a solution that is clean and efficient and means consumers could be truly mobile and free from the constraints of the grid.â€
â€œThe Consumer Electronics division showcased earlier this year at CES, the international consumer electronics show, its drone and smartphone prototypes and models stating its commercial focus. With consumer power demands increasing and the advent of the Internet of Things making the world more connected than ever, now is the time to address the biggest limitation we have in achieving true connectivity â€“ battery life.â€