Apple’s already impressive green credentials are to be given an added boost with the Cupertino based tech giant confirming it is looking into powering its future range of portable devices with emerging fuel cell technologies.
Following in the footsteps of the automotive industry Apple has released a series of patents depicting its intentions of introducing hydrogen-powered fuel cells to its portable machines, a move that would cut down the size and weight of products whilst providing huge battery life with little damage to the environment.
"This fuel cell system includes a fuel cell stack which converts fuel into electrical power. It also includes a controller which controls operation of the fuel cell system," the official Apple patent said. "This eliminates the need for a bulky and heavy battery within the fuel cell system, which can significantly reduce the size, weight and cost of the fuel cell system."
Outlining the benefits of a fuel cell powered Mac the Apple representative said: "Hydrogen fuel cells have a number of advantages. Such fuel cells and associated fuels can potentially achieve high volumetric and gravimetric energy densities, which can potentially enable continued operation of portable electronic devices for days or even weeks without refueling.
"However, it is extremely challenging to design hydrogen fuel cell systems which are sufficiently portable and cost-effective to be used with portable electronic devices."
Whilst the latest Apple patents offering a tantalising insight into the future of tech devices, the ability to make the fuel cell technology at an efficient price and implement this within new gadgets is expected to be many years away.
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