PolyFuel Unveils Fuel Cell Technology Prototype

February 25, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

PolyFuel Inc. (Menlo Park, CA), a provider of direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) technology for portable devices and laptop computers, unveiled its latest prototype to more than 4,000 attendees at the Intel Developer Forum at the San Jose Convention Center. The working prototype enables unlimited run times for mobile computing with a hot-swappable fuel cartridge. The PolyFuel solution enables hot-swapping of fuel cartridges without interruption of applications running on the mobile PC.

PolyFuel's DMFC technology offers several advantages over traditional lithium-ion batteries, including continuous power; unlimited, unplugged run times; a hot-swappable fuel cartridge; increased portability; an environmentally safe, recyclable fuel cartridge; and no capacity degradation with reuse and recharging.

"Demand for 'always-on' power is growing exponentially as the mass market adoption of portable devices and laptops increases," said PolyFuel President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Balcom. "Direct methanol fuel cell technology is the answer to the portable power crisis we, as an industry, are currently facing. Soon, users will to be able to operate their notebooks indefinitely, without plugging in, by simply hot-swapping a fuel cartridge. The benefits of fuel cell technology to the consumer are enormous."