Battery Company Betting On Fuel Cells

from the well,-of-course... dept

Gillette, makers of batteries (among other things), has decided that this fuel cell thing might really have some potential and have invested in a fuel cell company. While I agree that there's a lot of potential for fuel cells, I still get confused when people say that they'll replace rechargeable batteries. In the article, they quote someone from the fuel cell company saying: "Another advantage is that the fuel would come in replaceable cartridges. The user simply snaps in a new one rather than having to wait for a recharge." A huge part of the reason people like rechargeable batteries instead of disposable batteries is that they don't always need to buy new batteries and have them handy for when the old batteries die. While fuel cells may last longer, they bring back that issue of having to always buy more "cells" (which most consumers will simply consider to be "long life batteries" anyway) and have them around. While longer life power is nice, battery companies shouldn't ignore the very reason people like rechargeables.
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    H-MAn, 25 Jan 2004 @ 10:20am

    I can't wait to start buying

    I can't wait to see this released. I agree this will help with the prolferation and growth of the hydrogen fuel cells!! The importance of this product is that it will get in the hands of the influencers who will eventually buy Hydrogen cars. This will show that it works and works well. We need to get past the earlier adopters and move fuel cells into the early majority where we will see exponential growth. Keep up the good work and everyone...when it does come out...talk it up...show support...or else it will fizzle out...some choices are long term choices...pay now or pay later...there may be alternatives that seem cheaper, but in the long run the cost looks much different. http://www.pcfuelcell.com http://www.notebookfuelcell.com - by H-Man!

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