Panasonic showed off the world’s smallest notebook fuel cell and another fuel cell that can recharge mobile phones. Panasonic hopes to bring notebook fuel cells to market by 2012.
The breakthrough here is that the fuel cells are about the same size as existing lithium-ion battery packs. Previous fuel cell battery packs were much larger than normal notebook batteries. Panasonic claims the fuel cell can keep notebooks running for up to 20 hours, which would be a true blessing.
Another major advantage of notebook fuel cells is that they can be refilled almost instantly.