Say "fuel cell" to someone in the auto industry and I bet you dollars to donuts that they'll think you're talking about hydrogen. Well, I'll make the bet unless you're speaking to Dr. Jens Müller or Dr. Peter Podesser of Smart Fuel Cells. These two men were in Anaheim for EVS23 to showcase their methanol fuel cells. The big selling point of these fuel cells, Podesser and Müller will tell you, is that all of the problems with the commercialization of fuel cells have been overcome by using methanol cartridges. Of course, the problem with methanol fuel cells is that they emit carbon dioxide along with water. The SFC line is that the CO2 is minimal, equivalent to the amount that comes from a baby's mouth over the same time period. Don't believe me? Give them a listen here (28 min, 19 MB). Podesser is the CEO of Smart Fuel Cell and Müller is SFC's chief technology officer, so they should know what these cells are capable of.
The SFC brand name for the fuel cells is EFOY (that's "energy for you" fuel cells) and comes in four sizes, with output options ranging from 1.6 kWh per day to 0.6 KWh per day. Naturally, these fuel cells can be used in a variety of vehicles, from three-wheeled rickshaw-like bikes to motor homes (where the cells are used as power generators, not to provide forward motion).


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