Apple\'s First Use for Liquidmetal Could be a Fuel Cell

Posted January 5, 2011 at 12:51pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 5783 views

A patent filing discovered by CultofMac reveals that Apple's first use for Liquidmetal could be for an internal component of a fuel cell.

Apple's new patent describes "amorphous alloy" collector plates for fuel cells, an electrochemical battery that uses hydrogen to generate electricity. Although the patent doesn't reference the Liquidmetal trademark, the material is an amorphous alloy or "metallic glass."

The collector plate described in Apple’s patent acts as a catalyst for a chemical reaction that separates electrons from hydrogen to produce electricity. Its only byproducts are water and heat. As long as the cell is topped-up with fuel, it will continue to generate power. The process is clean, quiet and highly efficient — up to three times more efficient than burning fuel.


On August 5th, 2010 Apple entered into an agreement with Liquidmetal Technologies for an exclusive license to use its technologies in the consumer electronics field. It was naturally assumed that Apple would use the technology in the iPhone enclosure or antenna; however, this report suggests that perhaps Apple's intent for the technology is more radical. CultofMac notes that a miniture fuel cell could power a mobile phone for more than 30 days and a notebook for 20 hours or more.

Read More



[Prototype fuel cell mobile phone by Hitachi]

Share
Add Comment
Follow iClarified
BlackBerry Touts BBM Over iMessage Following Spam Report
Following reports that iMessage accounts for ...
Apple Launches iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program
Apple has found that some iPhone 5 devices ma...
Apple Expands Volume Purchase Program to More Countries
Apple has announced the expansion of its Volu...
China Telecom Advertises Plans to Sell Unlocked iPhone 6
China Telecom is already advertising that it ...
iWatch to Begin Production in September, May Not Hit Shelves Until 2015
Apple has reportedly notified component suppl...