Hitachi is working with a British research organization to develop everyday uses for the company's new fuel cell, which creates electricity from methanol.
The organization, the Centre for Process Innovation Ltd., carries out research, runs projects, and develops businesses in fuel cells and other technology. It is already testing fuel cells that provide power for road signs that light up and a lighthouse.
Hitachi said its Liquid Energy fuel cell uses methanol but is less dangerous than other fuel cells, even though it emits some carbon dioxide. The box-like 15-lb, 3-gal Liquid Energy, developed in December, is compact, measuring 13 in by 9 in by 8 in.
to Daily News