US rule to open new path for methanol
24 August 2007
Author: ICIS News
Provider: Fuel Cell Today
It has been reported that within weeks US officials will rule that laptop computers powered by fuel cells may be carried on board airliners. This marks the first step toward a major new methanol market that ultimately could include transportation fuels.
The US Department of Transportation (DoT) said it will issue a proposed rule by the end of September allowing airline passengers to carry fuel cell cartridges on board. The rule will likely be finalised before the end of this year and take effect early in 2008.
That regulatory move will bring the US in step with most other industrialised countries that have already authorised the use of methanol-powered fuel cells in consumer electronics in airliner passenger compartments.
The US action is important because until the DoT approves methanol-powered fuel cell electronics for airline passenger cabins, major manufacturers seem reluctant to ramp up full production of laptops, cellphones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) that run on methanol.
For those that don't know, when I'm not sailing or on CL...I'm building these little boxes.
This system will run your laptop for weeks on just a couple cartridges of fuel.
The general public won't see them for a few more years.