Fuel Cell Technologies has announced in-store
availability and retail sales of its groundbreaking micro-fuel cell
products, a defining milestone for the company and its industry.
Unveiled two years ago at CES, Horizon's products have since undergone
design improvements, impressive cost reductions, and CE certification.
Horizon MINIPAK micro-fuel cell charger, HYDROFILL personal hydrogen station, and HYDROSTIK fuel cartridge (Photo: Business Wire)
Major retailers now selling Horizon's portable micro-fuel cell products
the largest retail chain for recreational outdoor gear in North America.
Many sales outlets are currently gearing up to supply Horizon's products
across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
At $99 retail, the MINIPAK
is the world's lowest-cost fuel cell power product, and the only one to
use a refillable metal hydride fuel cartridge. It uses no toxic fuels or
materials, and is IATA approved for air-cabin use. The system offers
practical portable energy for professionals on the go, longer lasting
connectivity during off-grid activities such as trekking or camping, or
when traveling through remote environments.
With MINIPAK's reusable HYDROSTIK
cartridges becoming a standard for all micro-fuel cells, stand by for
more innovative Horizon devices. Beyond its own designs, the company is
collaborating with several multinationals seeking to launch custom-made
Horizon fuel cell powered products. It also started a crowd-sourced
product development initiative centered on the HYDROSTIK cartridge,
together with the global MIT
FAB LAB network and Arcola
Energy in the UK.
Even more exciting is Horizon's HYDROFILL
personal hydrogen station, which refills HYDROSTIK cartridges, a massive
improvement over the idea of disposable one-time-use cartridges.
HYDROFILL's cost has also been reduced to retail at just $249.
There is also a much bigger vision behind this development. Scalable to
larger formats over time, HYDROFILL effectively starts a global hydrogen
supply network - one household, one school, one business at a time. By
giving individuals their own on-demand hydrogen solution, Horizon is
dismantling the age-old infrastructure barrier for many fuel cell
applications, including hydrogen-electric vehicles. "Imagine
never having to go to a refueling station", said Taras
Wankewycz, co-founder of Horizon. "The HYDROFILL opens a roadmap
with plenty of innovation ahead".
Today's HYDROFILL can already produce on-demand renewable hydrogen,
using standard solar panels or wind turbines. Over the coming years,
Horizon aims for a cordless solution for low cost, on-demand hydrogen
using a variety of inputs, including methanol, propane, natural gas, and
potentially - household waste. With a first-generation system entering
the market today, Horizon makes it easier to introduce more advanced
versions moving forward.
ABOUT HORIZON FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGIES http://www.horizonfuelcell.com
Founded in Singapore 9 years ago, Horizon has grown to become the
world's largest producer of PEM fuel cells below 1kW, and sets the
standard of turning fuel cell technology into creative products for
various industries. The company not only achieved significant fuel cell
cost reduction milestones, but developed a variety of packaged or
on-demand fuel options that enables complete products that are
user-friendly. The company began sales of experimental micro-fuel cell
products in 2005, gaining world acclaim with a Time Magazine Best
Invention in 2006, as well as several other prestigious awards. Today
Horizon is a comprehensive design and technology platform covering fuel
cells, hydrogen storage, and hydrogen supply technologies, as well as a
product innovation partner for many established multinationals. Horizon
is headquartered in Singapore, operates five international subsidiaries,
and is localizing its business simultaneously in over 30 countries.
The MINIPAK offers more energy stored at lower cost than batteries in
long duration off-grid scenarios, while also addressing the growing
power gap common to an increasing number of portable electronics. This
typically limits new display and streaming features enabled by faster
data networks planned for deployment. In a reaction with oxygen from
ambient air, the MINIPAK's fuel cell converts hydrogen from a cartridge
(HYDROSTIK) to electricity and trace amounts of water. The electricity
generated is supplied to users via a standard 5V USB socket.
more information about MINIPAK contact firstname.lastname@example.org
HYDROSTIK cartridges contain metallic alloys that adsorb hydrogen into
their crystalline structure, and release it back at low pressures. This
hydrogen storage method is not only reversible, but also offers the
highest volumetric energy density of any form of hydrogen storage, even
higher than liquid hydrogen. Unlike conventional batteries, these
hydrogen cartridges store more energy at lower cost, and do not contain
any harmful heavy metals or toxic liquids. When connected to the MINIPAK
fuel cell system, hydrogen reacts with oxygen from the air to produce
electricity and trace amounts of water. HYDROSTIK cartridges are
refillable using the HYDROFILL personal hydrogen station.
more information about HYDROSTIK contact email@example.com
HYDROFILL is a micro-electrolyzer system designed to refuel HYDROSTIK
metal hydride cartridges automatically. It comes with a standard AC plug
but can also accept DC power from small solar panels or wind turbines.
The device separates hydrogen and oxygen from water, and sends hydrogen
into a storage cartridge for later use in a fuel cell. Many other
HYDROSTIK enabled fuel cell devices are planned. For more information
about HYDROFILL contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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