Apple has patented a unique miniature fuel cell of its own design. New uses of the technology used in conventional fuel cells, lithium ion batteries and control circuits. Within the patent application describes a portable power source capable of providing “the days and even weeks” Autonomous electronics work.
According to Apple engineers, the application of this technology will significantly improve the battery life of smartphones and laptops. For this purpose the company plans to release the fuel elements is fairly miniature size. Replacement of the waste substances will be carried out by using a cartridge. From the patent, it follows that the basic scheme was developed for the MacBook, and it is possible that these prototypes already exist.
“The fuel source may include one of the following components: sodium borohydride and water; sodium silicate and water; lithium hydride and water; the magnesium hydride and water; lithium borohydride and water; the hydride and water; aluminium hydride; an amine borane; hydrocarbon; hydride; magnesium borohydride; magnesium borohydride-amine; compressed hydrogen gas, liquid hydrogen”.
The fuel cell system uses as energy source one of the above mentioned combinations of substances, but unlike traditional fuel cells, along with it comes with and a lithium ion battery. That is, the battery will last for the replacement of the source in the main unit of energy production.
In late August it was reported that British Intelligent Energy managed to place in the standard case iPhone 6 hydrogen fuel cell that allows the smartphone to work week without recharging. In such a battery the energy released by the reaction of a compound of hydrogen with oxygen.
Experts believe that Intelligent Energy has been working closely with Apple, which hopes to use the technology hydrogen cells in their devices. Officially representatives of the company refuse to comment on these rumors. However, the journalist with The Telegraph remarked during his visit to the headquarters of the Intelligent Energy ballpoint pen from a hotel in Cupertino California that lay on the table of one of the top managers of the firm.