Water-Activated portable power products possible for 2008
By Darren Quick
November 21, 2007
November 22, 2007 Millennium Cell Inc. and Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies are nearing completion of a beta version of a portable power generator that incorporates a unique water-activated cartridge system to provide 400 Watt hours of “instant power”.
The product will provide clean and quiet power through a common AC outlet and two USB connectors allowing low power devices to operate for more than 16 hours when the electrical grid is unavailable. Aimed at consumers and professionals for recreational and emergency purposes, Horizon and Millennium Cell plan to launch the unit after completion of safety certification in time for the 2008 hurricane and winter storm seasons. The dry cartridge offers infinite shelf-storage life and 400 Watt hours of “instant power” by just adding water.
Horizon recently demonstrated the alpha product of the unit at the 2007 Combined Exhibition for Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) in Japan and system prototypes are currently being finalized with the first customer evaluations expected to start in December 2007. The beta product will be demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January 2008.
The cartridge-based power system will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of approximately US$400.
The news follows a recent announcement by Millennium Cell that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has created new regulations that permit the transportation in carry-on baggage on passenger aircraft of certain micro fuel cell systems which utilize fuel cartridges,