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Originally published September 30 2003

The future of portable power is getting closer thanks to fuel cells

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

As the US seems to be stranded in the oil economy, the rest of the world is taking great strides to define the future of mobile energy. That future is, of course, the hydrogen economy. NEC's work on fuel cells far exceeds anything done in the United States, and chances are, every portable device you carry ten years from now will operate on hydrogen.

What hasn't been mentioned in any of this is the bizarre fact that under the U.S. Patriot Act, an individual carrying a fuel cell battery onto an airplane could be arrested and prosecuted as a terrorist. Why? Hydrogen and methanol are both explosive gases and are currently banned from air transportation.

Japanese electronics giant NEC claims it has significantly reduced the size of fuel cells for notebook computers, according to a statement from the company. By reaching 50 milliwatts per square centimeter, the firm has managed the most power output per unit volume of any fuel cell, claimed NEC. NEC will demonstrate this prototype notebook PC with a built-in fuel cell at an international PC exhibition to be held from Sept. 17 to 20 this year at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, said the statement. Recently, NEC has unveiled a prototype notebook with a built-in fuel cell that can already operate for five hours on 300 cubic centimeters of methanol.

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