Battery + Fuel Cell Integration
myFC‘s vision is a world where mobile devices that can be either recharged or refueled. Rather than scrambling to find an open wall socket to recharge our devices, we should be able to simple add fuel to our devices and carry on with full powera
In the case of myFC, the refueling is delivered via a reaction of water with sodium silicide that produces hydrogen for the fuel cell. In the future we can imagine portable fuels for devices based on H2-rich liquids or solid state hydrogen.
Talent is Key to Disruptive Business Models
To carry forward on its vision, the Swedish fuel cell company announced the hiring of Sebastian Weber as its Chief Technology Integration Office overseeing the deployment of LAMINA fuel cell inside smartphones. Weber is an industry veteran with experience at Ericsson and Finger Prints AB.
This leadership hire follows a recent announcement in December 2017 when myFC announced plans to conduct a feasibility study with an unnamed Chinese device manufacturer.
Known internally as ‘Job 3’ myFC’s next step is integration of fuel cells and batteries inside mobile devices.
Good News from the Swedish Patent Office
myFC also announced two key (Swedish) patents. According to a company press release:
“The patents describe parts of the fuel cartridge where water, salt and reactants create hydrogen. The first patent describes the actual fuel cartridge: the spaces where the two reactants are stored, the mixing tank where one reactant is dissolved in water, and the reactor chamber where the reaction occurs and hydrogen is formed.
The other patent specifically relates to how the water-soluble reactant is distributed into the reactor chamber. With the help of a special film and capillary pressure, this occurs in a precise fashion, in order for hydrogen production to begin.”
Scenario: This is Much More than Fuel Cells for Phones
The ultimate success of myFC’s vision of being able to refuel our devices will result from many complex factors of the marketplace, consumers and technological innovation.
For now it remains one of the most innovative energy companies in the world – that you probably have never heard of!
The vision of refueling electronic devices is profound. It could enable a world where clean hydrogen fuels are sold over retail shelves – enabling access to virtually any market in the world.
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