DoCoMo fuel cell mobile charger ready by 2006

5 Oct 2004

NTT DoCoMo says that its prototype fuel cell recharger for mobile phones will be ready for a commercial launch sometime in 2006. The Japanese cellco is jointly developing the fuel cell with Fujitsu Laboratories and is also actively seeking other partners for the development of the technology. The cell consists of an electroconductive film sandwiched between an anode and cathode, which is capable of generating enough electricity to power a standard handset for two hours of continuous use. The main benefit of the fuel cell will be the ability to recharge phones whilst on the move, though DoCoMo says it does not expect the technology to replace standard lithium ion batteries for at least five years.