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Tiny Fuel Cell Offers New Power Possibilities

The world's smallest fuel cell, measuring just 3mm x 3mm x 1mm (roughly 0.1 inches square by 0.04 inches tall), has been built by scientists at the cheapest viagra prices University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The tiny cell is cheapest prices for cialis able to produce about 1 milliamp at 0.7 volts for 30 hours.

The cell is so small that it simply eliminates some of the components typically found in larger fuel cells.

"It's not practical to make a pump, a pressure sensor, and the electronics to control the system in such a small volume," says Saeed Moghaddam at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Even if they are magically made at that scale, their power consumption would probably exceed the power generated."

So with this fuel cell, there is no fuel tank, for example. The tiny cell gets the necessary moisture for its operation from water vapor in the air. To regulate the we choice levitra pill system, as water vapor enters the chamber and recommended site levitra samples in canada reacts to produce hydrogen, the pressure of the hydrogen closes a membrane which blocks more vapor laden air from entering until the hydrogen pressure has been reduced again.

As more tiny electronic devices are developed, providing power for them can start to become an issue. Many cell phones weigh less than the batteries that are attached to them to provide them with power. Instead of needing heavy power supplies for small electronics components, this type of very small fuel cell may play a role in providing the necessary power for tiny distributed electronics applications in the future. And, developments in these systems may also lead to new developments in fuel cell power systems to replace batteries in consumer electronics devices such as portable phones and laptop computers.

via: New Scientist Tech

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what happens after 30 hours then?
written by Mark Bartosik, February 11, 2009
You said it can produce 0.7v @ 1mA for 30hr. Then what?
fuel cells starting to compete
written by duncan, February 12, 2009
There is another company making fuel cells for consumer electronics.
There’s is made of carbon with some basic metal catalysts (no platinum). They have built the ethanol reserve into the credit card sized fuel cell and it charges an ipod ~5 times. The unit can run for 4000 hours if fuel is available so they are exploring larger battery charger applications now.
And Mark B, as for your comment of what do you do with fuel cells once they run out. What does the follow link buy generic viagra from india world do with batteries and engines these days? throw them away i would expect?? Fuel cells however do buy ultram online cod not have the lead and toxic contaminants that batteries have. And 60% of the material costs of the fuel cell stack are recyclable. That’s high when compared to existing technologies
All round winner if you ask me.
written by Fred, July 16, 2009
that is so small, seems like it will lose battery life quickly. i'd love to test it out.

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