Fuel cell developers at Millennium Cell and Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies claimed this week that that they are nearing completion of a beta version of a portable power generator that incorporates a unique "water-activated" cartridge system.
Horizon recently demonstrated the alpha product of the unit at the 2007 Combined Exhibition for Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) in Japan. System prototypes are currently being finalised and the first customer evaluations are expected to start in December 2007.
The companies plan to demonstrate a beta product at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January 2008 which will be targeted at consumers and professionals for emergency and recreational purposes.
The product will provide a common AC outlet and two USB connectors to power devices for more than 16 hours when the electrical grid is unavailable.
The dry cartridge-based power system, which will provide 400W hours of "instant power" when water is added to it, will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of approximately $400.
In October, the two companies signed a letter of intent to collaboratively develop, market, and sell portable and high energy density fuel cell power products on a global basis. The products will combine Horizon's fuel cell products with the water-activated hydrogen storage cartridges initially developed by Millennium.