Toshiba's First Fuel Cell Coming in a Few Months

Toshiba is close to launching its first commercial direct-methanol fuel-cell device, which promises a faster way to recharge portable electronics products. The company said Monday that the DMFC will be launched during its current financial year, which ends March 31, 2009. Toshiba won't say yet what the product will be, although it offered a possible clue last week at the Ceatec show in Japan, where it showed a cell phone based on a fuel cell.

DMFCs produce electricity from a reaction between methanol, water and air. The only byproducts are a small amount of water vapor and carbon dioxide, so DMFCs are often seen as a greener source of energy than traditional batteries. Another advantage is that they can be replenished with a new cartridge of methanol in seconds.

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hmmm i don't think my lithium ion battery produces water vapor or co2 for that mater and if disposed of in the right way leads to no real environmental issues yes sure i do have to plug in every third day to charge it up but that only takes 30~45mins and here in new Zealand the predominant source of power production is hydro not nuke or coal or gas so how much less does it take to produce say Methanol as well as the deionized water you'll need to use and just how long will a methanol cartridge last for ???? hmmm food for thought maybe

Perhaps, but you can't generate electricity yourself without substantial capital investment (gas generator = buy lotsa gas, solar sells expensive, wind turbine also pricey). You could potentially grow methanol-producing bacteria and harvest the product, probably with something as cheap & simple as a homebrew wine distiller. Food for thought

so basically if you answer your phone you'll either drown or suffocate. moisture will damage the circuitry and you'll be electrocuted or it's going to explode. sweet.

" a light, volatile, colourless, flammable, poisonous liquid with a distinctive is a polar liquid and is used as an antifreeze, solvent, fuel...Methanol is produced naturally in the anaerobic metabolism of many varieties of bacteria...A methanol flame is almost colorless, causing an additional safety hazard around open methanol flames."(wikipedia)

Yay deadly flammable bacteri poo!