Battery Charger Gets Going on Dash of H2O

By Robert H. Williams
For troops in isolated areas with no access to traditional sources of power regeneration, on-going research by Ultralife Corp in conjunction with Lynntech Inc. and the Army’s Communications-Electronic Research, Development and Engineering Center is providing an answer.

They have just completed a 12-month milestone and scheduled delivery of a fuel cell charger that is energized by water.

Designed as a complement to other renewable energy systems, such as solar and wind power, the MRC-201 fuel-cell charger runs on cartridges that contain sodium borohydride that mixed with water, generate hydrogen, which when consumed by the fuel cell, generates electricity, says a company spokesman, who adds that used cartridges can be reinvigorated, thus, “creating a renewable fuel source.”

Further testing at a CERDEC facility at Aberdeen Proving  Ground, Md., is under way.

Topics: Energy, Power Sources

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