Gallery: Apple Files Patent for MacBooks Powered by Fuel Cells


If you’ve ever owned a laptop or a netbook, you know that their batteries come with a finite lifespan. But what about a longer lasting alternative to powering up your computer? Fuel cells, namely hydrogen fuel cells, not only boast a longer useful life, but they are also capable of running for weeks without requiring a recharge. Not surprisingly, it is reported that Apple is looking into using this technology, recently filing two patents incorporating the cells.

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  1. DizGos January 3, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Errr a casual look through the Google Patents engine will come up with a LOAD of patents already issued to power small computers and even a laptop in 2001 patented for fuel cell power. Wayyyyyyy too late with this Apple.
    Just type in ‘fuel cell computer’ in Google patents and see what comes up.

  2. GreenT4Life December 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I think this is really cool but why is apple slowly starting to feel like Skynet?

  3. Torch December 23, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Hey Apple, UltraCell patented it in 2006

  4. One4th December 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Fuel cell is a power system. You shouldn’t be able to patent its use in a electronic device. Apple should really not get this patent.

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