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    Default Apple Patents Hint at How iDevices May Go Greener Via Fuel Cells


    Based on the content presented in two new patent applications published this week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple continues to search for ways that its technology can become more efficient while simultaneously becoming "greener."

    As the intriguing patents suggest, Apple is apparently enamored of fuel cells and the ways in which they may become the future power sources for the company's line of iPhones, iPods, and iPads.

    The applications explain that fuel cells provide electrical power by converting a fuel, such as hydrogen or a hydrogen-containing compound, into an electric current. Fuel cells contain an anode, a cathode, and an electrolyte between them.
    As detailed in "Parallel Fuel Stack Architecture," Apple has designs on a fuel cell arrangement that is tantamount to a
    "fuel stack." Correspondingly, the "Reduced-Weight Fuel Cell Plate" patent application shows how Apple may deploy lightweight electrically conductive and corrosion-resistant material for the purpose of constructing a fuel cell.

    Both patent applications, which were filed in April of 2010, lend further insight into how Apple continues to explore how renewable energy sources may be used in its technology. Of course, we've seen a whole of "exploring" from Apple and not nearly as much "implementing." Still, the proof of environmentally-conscious technology on the drawing board is enough to convince both Apple fans and critics that perhaps future Apple products will be "greener" than they presently are.

    Source: Apple Insider

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    That good news, But it won't change the price of the iDevices...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaLsim View Post
    That good news, But it won't change the price of the iDevices...
    Don't be so sure about that. That technology sounds more expensive than a lithium-ion powered battery

    Eventually we will have to shell out $9k for a nuclear-powered iDevice

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    Quote Originally Posted by OctopusPrime View Post
    Don't be so sure about that. That technology sounds more expensive than a lithium-ion powered battery

    Eventually we will have to shell out $9k for a nuclear-powered iDevice
    How much if I'm eligible for an upgrade?

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    No thanks I like destroying the environment.

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    Where did this assumption that fuel cells are "green" come from? Hydrogen is not naturally available in abundance, and is generated at the cost of enery. Sure the cell emits water, but the coal plant that powered the H2 generation is pumping out tons of carbon.

    Unless we're talking fusion, hydrogen is not a "source" of energy.

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