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Notebooks Powered by Methane Fuel Cells Closer Than We Think

"Prototype fuel cell notebooks have popped up a few times over the years, but still no one has offered up a fuel cell powered notebook. Scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have made a breakthrough that may help notebooks powered by methane fuel cells make it to market faster.

New Batteries Pack More Punch

Electric cars face severe limits in how far they can drive before running out of juice. Better batteries that can both store more energy and give it up quickly are essential for extending that range. Now, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge have come up with a novel battery-making strategy that steers in that direction. For now, the new batteries can power only small devices. But if the strategy can be made to work on a larger scale, a task more difficult than just using more battery material, it could give electric car makers the jolt they need.

Green Technology a priority for KIWI

Ottawa, Canada – (June 9, 2010) – Alia El Banna, Director and CEO of KIWI Choice, Inc, a third year PhD student and a nominee for Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100, decided to transfer her academic research into real life business, when she started her new venture; KIWI Choice.

HP Notebook PC Battery Recall

Important Safety Recall announced 5/14/2009
HP Notebook PC Battery Pack Replacement Program

May 19, 2010 - PROGRAM EXPANSION

HP is sending you this notice because HP has expanded a worldwide
voluntary recall and replacement program in cooperation with
various government agencies. HP has added battery packs to the
replacement program originally announced on May 14, 2009 and
revised on October 15, 2009.  Product model series were also added

Toward a Hydrogen Economy

Artificial photosynthesis may soon be a reality – splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. You only have to look as far as your garden to observe one of the most common chemical reactions in nature at work pulling apart water molecules (H2O) and splitting them into carbohydrates and oxygen (O2). Nature provides the template for this process using the energy from sunlight to fuel the reaction. Here's a video showing the basic process:

Denser battery to be built

Arizona State University's spin off outfit Fluidic Energy plans to build a new battery with an energy density 11 times greater than that of lithium-ion batteries for just one-third the cost.

Fluidic Energy uses ionic liquids as its electrolyte, which could help it overcome some significant problems faced by previous metal-air batteries. Currently metal-air batteries have usually used water-based electrolytes, but due to water evaporation, the batteries tended to fail prematurely.

Nuclear Batteries Solve The Shrinking Gadget Conundrum

It sucks that batteries are nearly bigger than the gadgets they're powering, but thanks to University of Missouri researchers and some tiny nuclear batteries, that'll one day be an issue of the past. Yeah, you read right. Tiny. Nuclear. Batteries.

The real secret behind the size of the batteries is the use of new liquid semiconductors instead of tired old solid semiconductors. That's great, because nuclear batteries aren't a new idea, nor are they terrifying and harmful according to Jae Kwon, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Missouri:

Me Ranting (Casio EX-Z60 Camera Battery)

The Casio EX-Z60 Camera battery continues to fail. The camera itself is not bad, but once the battery is discharged or runs low it can't be changed again. Obviously these batteries are defective. Please post if you are having the same issue. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

UPDATE: I called Casio about this battery issue and they informed me that the older defective batteries have now been replaced. According to them the new batteries will not fail. I'll let everyone know.

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