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How long does it take to charge a mobile phone with a hydrogen fuel cell?

Date:Nov 08, 2019

According to foreign media reports, the British IntelligentEnergy company developed a hydrogen fuel cell that can be placed in a mobile phone. This developed product will likely bring substantial profits. The hydrogen fuel cell announced this time belongs to the IntelligentEnergy Personal Consumer Electronics Research Project. In October last year, the company developed a battery pack that provides electricity through hydrogen and oxygen reactions, with almost zero pollution. In the recent show, the company successfully loaded the battery pack into the iPhone and Macbook. It is understood that the battery can even last for up to a week. This is another breakthrough in Intelligent Energy's fuel cell after the hydrogen fuel cell phone rechargeable battery, Upp. However, this is not the first appearance of a hydrogen fuel cell. Lin Boqiang, director of the China Energy Economic Research Center of Xiamen University, told the "First Financial Daily" reporter that the hydrogen fuel cell used in mobile phones is not much different from the battery used in the car engine. "It is just the same size." Safe and pollution-free, domestic consumers still know very little about this company, but the listed company in Loughborough, England, has been engaged in fuel energy research and development since the 1980s, and currently has 2,000 patents (including pending applications). Patent), the company was founded by Loughborough University, and the first project was held at Loughborough University, and the university provided academic support. In addition to personal consumer electronics, IntelligentEnergy's fuel power system is also used in fixed power and power systems. As a semi-academic company, IntelligentEnergy does not mass produce products but works with other brands to provide energy solutions. Last year, IntelligentEnergy partnered with Suzuki to develop a fourth-generation fuel cell power system that can be deployed on motorcycles and cars. The core technology of IntelligentEnergy is its fuel cell power generation system, which consists of a fuel cell stack, air, fuel and control systems. Among them, the battery stack uses a PEM fuel cell. The PEM fuel cell is lightweight and easy to carry and can be used in portable electronic devices such as computers. During use, hydrogen is injected into the device to chemically react with the fuel cell to produce electrical energy. The released electrical energy can last for up to a week for the phone. In the iPhone demonstrated by IntelligentEnergy, a small hole is also designed to discharge water vapor after hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen supply is charged through the adjusted headphone jack. In order to facilitate commercial expansion, IntelligentEnergy is currently developing a free-to-use gadget that can be used to replenish hydrogen. It can be inserted into the bottom of the phone and contains enough hydrogen powder to support the release of electricity for one week. Compared with natural energy and traditional energy sources such as LPG, hydrogen can be quickly consumed, and it is easier to control its safety characteristics in an open environment. Even if it is released, it will not cause safety problems if it is properly controlled. Due to the use of Apple devices for display, although the company's executives said that the battery pack is aimed at the mass consumer electronics brand, more people tend to tie it to the Apple brand. There are also reports that Apple is pursuing patent research on fuel cells, but its official has never officially accepted this claim. Waiting for the partner Japan Nikkei Bp Clean Technology Research Institute has released survey data, after 2015, the hydrogen energy infrastructure market began to grow slowly; and after 2020, the market will show accelerated growth, by 2025, hydrogen energy foundation The size of the facility home market will exceed commercial scale. It is understood that China produces 33 billion batteries per year and generates about 10 billion used batteries. There is no corresponding solution for the country of mobile phone recycling. If this kind of zero-polluting fuel cell realizes mass production promotion, it can effectively protect the environment. It is also a huge market. IntelligentEnergy's CEOHenriWinand believes that the market value of the product can reach 300 billion pounds a year: "For us, this has never been done before. We can now make the fuel cell very thin, no need to Rechargeable batteries can be placed on existing mobile phones with any form factor change. This technology is a big step because the new technology is to make people feel really good." However, this product cost is high. IntelligentEnergy has been investing heavily in technology development. In October last year, the company developed embedded fuel energy. According to the company's semi-annual report for 2015, from September last year to March this year, it has spent 10.3 million pounds (equivalent to more than 100 million yuan) in research and development. A large amount of cost investment causes the product price to be less grounded. The price of the fuel-rechargeable battery released by IntelligentEnergy last year reached 149 pounds (about 1497 yuan), and it cost 5.95 pounds (about 59.7 yuan) per time to enter the hydrogen. This time, for the new battery system, the company decided to reduce product costs through mass production. Imitate the technical property rights of the hydrogen fuel cell system sold by ARM, and hand over the low-margin production to the producers. IntelligentEnergy has thrown a hydrangea to its partners, CFOMarkLawson-Statham said: "Our plan is that this technology is commercially available for several years, but what really happens is when our partners plan to do so." Some analysts expect that this will bring huge profits to IntelligentEnergy. Revenues in 2015 are expected to reach £100 million, and this figure was still £13.6 million in 2014. McCormac, a UK-based Zeus Capital analyst, said the company is likely to accept investment and even acquisitions from its partners. Regarding the commercial prospects, Lin Boqiang told reporters: "It is still not possible to achieve mass production now. This must rely on technological improvement to reduce costs. Including the number of times of charging to provide voltage and other parameters, the current technology should not meet the mass production standards.

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