PC/ABS fuel cell system keeps soldiers connected
Soldiers on the front lines rely on portable electronics such as sensors, laptops and satellite phones, and short-lived battery packs aren't always up for the job.
Soldiers on the front lines rely on portable electronics such as sensors, laptops and satellite phones, and short-lived battery packs aren’t always up for the job.
Livermore, Calif.-based UltraCell Corporation has developed a lightweight, high-power density fuel cell system designed to withstand the rigors of the field. The company used Bayer’s Bayblend KU 2-1514 non-reinforced, flame-retardant polycarbonate/ acrylonitrile butadiene styrene resin for the rugged housing of the XX25 reformed methanol micro-fuel cell.
The XX25 system can provide uninterrupted 25 Watt power for more than eight hours on a single cartridge of methanol, and weighs only two and a half pounds.
The fuel cell system can survive in demanding environments with jungle, desert and arctic conditions, and the PC/ABS blend can also be recycled or incinerated with energy recovery after use.
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