Horizon Energy Systems has developed a new type of process that produces electricity by mixing simple water with the chemical hydride. The electrochemical reaction between the hydride and water produces straight hydrogen, which powers their AEROPAK fuel-cell system.
The AEROPAK is comparable to a battery, but offers three times more energy than the lithium-polymer batteries currently in use. The US Marine Corp is testing the new source for use in its UAS—unmanned aircraft systems—program, with hopes of “increasing the possibility of 24-hour surveillance for increased security in deployed environments.” Some Marines are also said to be excited about what it’ll do for their iPods.
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