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Wired/Reuters: Laptops That Run on Alcohol

“Researchers have developed a powerful, miniature fuel cell that
may one day replace traditional batteries in laptop computers,
cellular phones and other devices.”

“Motorola, the world’s No. 2 wireless phone maker, said
Wednesday scientists at its labs and at Los Alamos National
Laboratory used liquid methanol to power the cells, which last up
to 10 times longer than existing rechargeable batteries. Liquid
methanol, a wood alcohol, is also used in windshield wiper
fluid.”

The fuel cells, which are still about three to five years
away from the store shelves, could power a wireless phone for more
than a month and keep a laptop running for 20 hours
, said Bill
Ooms, director of Motorola’s material, device, and energy
research.”

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