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Friday, 23 December 2011 11:50

Apple patents long life batteries

Written by Nick Farell

Weeks without recharge

Apple has filed two patents for fuel-cell battery systems which it says will make its Mac Books go for weeks without a recharge.

Two patents with the US Patent and Trademark Office are for hydrogen fuel-cell batteries which will be a lot more environmentally-friendly. The patent suggests that the batteries would be more ecological but could also last “for days or even weeks” on a single charge.

Ecological is important when you partners in China have been told off for polluting land and causing cancer. According to the filing, Apple is investigating a number of types of fuel cells. Hydrogen fuel-cells are the kind most often found in cars, but Apple points out in the filing that building a hydrogen fuel-cell system that can fit into a laptop is quite a challenge.

It has not indicated how it will do it so it could be pie in the sky stuff.

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+8 #1 Jigar 2011-12-23 12:06
Apple should be banned from Patenting anything... Just blacklist those bastards
+2 #2 Alterecho 2011-12-23 13:48
Thats actually worth patenting, but if its going to improve the environment overall, any company should be allowed to use it.
+4 #3 pogsnet 2011-12-23 13:54
That's already been used in cars, so that is not their own technology at all. What they want is they have the exclusive use in computer/electronic device in which on the first place they don't own the technology it is like claiming a land which is literally you don't own but since nobody uses it so you claim it.
+8 #4 Bors Mistral 2011-12-23 14:57
^ what he said ^

May I also suggest an addition to the US patent system? Like, just maybe, make applicant actually produce a physical sample of the thing they are trying to patent?
+4 #5 MegaJapan 2011-12-23 20:57
You have got to be shitting me...

Ok, suing people left and right. That'd [censored]ed up. Cool, keep doing your thing.

Patenting in-call app switching. Ridiculous. Whatever, cool.

But THIS? Long-lasting batter life? If this paten goes through, I'll either punch a baby, or kick a kitty. Or both.
+3 #6 The blue fox 2011-12-23 21:08
Wait. Hydrogen fuel-cells are already patent. So What are they patending? That they made it smaller how is that even allowed.
+3 #7 lucas1024 2011-12-23 21:32
What kind of a bizarro world are we living in these days? How can you patent something that you haven't actually *invented* yet - having an idea is not the same as inventing. You need at least a prototype of some kind to be called an inventor. How about my idea for fusion-powered vehicles? Has anybody files for that yet?
+1 #8 fuadzilla 2011-12-24 08:21
can i patent my idea of fuel cell powered apple blender?
+1 #9 Fud_u 2011-12-24 11:30
Does this mean electric car will die? I don't see innovation, I see lawsuit. Just watch.
+2 #10 dicobalt 2011-12-24 13:26
Interesting. Hydrogen cells are nice and there have been hydrogen fuel cells powering consumer products before. Apple isn't the first to do this. Creating all that hydrogen sure does require a lot of energy. We will need to replace all our polluting hydrocarbon power plants with safe 4th gen nuclear molten salt reactors so we can produce this hydrogen cheaply. There is literally no other way to produce hydrogen on a sufficient scale to meet demand. Then we can get rid of these polluting EV cars that tow around hundreds of pounds of unreasonably expensive battery acid.

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