Hydrogen Fuel Cells in the Palm of Your Hand

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Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Dennis Hayter , Chairman of U.K. Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association, discusses clean energy that fits in the palm of your hands. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “The Pulse.” (Source: Bloomberg)

It works.

The difference between transport which is powered by an internal combustion engine using a fuel, it is combustion.

Fuel cell technology works on an electrochemical process.

It means that there is no combustion.

There are no omissions.

By using hydrogen and oxygen from the air, you are creating a completely zero emission power.

It is electric current coming from the fuel cell.

Is it more expensive?

It is at the moment.

That is because we are not producing at the same volumes.

It will be the same as we have seen with mobile handsets and all the other electronic devices.

Expensive to begin with but as you get to the volume, plus come down.

So it will be a lot cheaper -- we are already moving very quickly to being able to get down to costs competitive with conventional technologies.

That has been the challenge.

Fuel cell technology has been around as a concept for well over a hundred years.

This has to be commercially viable now right?

When does this become a real alternative?

We are on the cusp of that right now.

We are about to see what will become the first commercial consumer products.

Do you still need subsidies from the government?

There are plenty of barriers.

A lot of those barriers are around the infrastructure side rather than the technology side.

You have got to have access to hydrogen.

You need to be able to create it from a green source.

That means tying it up with wind or solar in order to be able to obtain a completely carbon-neutral footprint.

You also bought props.

We love props on the program.

Tell me what those are.

We have been talking about fuel-cell technology.

That is it.

The challenge has been to get it scalable.

You can put this in your pocket and carry it with you and that provides power on the go.

For people on the radio, this is a little bit bigger than an old nokia phone.

This basically enables people without access to current electricity to plug in.

And be able to charge whatever they want.

If you don't have great access -- here in europe there are plenty of opportunities to plug in.

That gives you your recharge whether it is an ipad or whatever the device might be.

There are plenty of parks in the world, africa, asia, where that is not an option.

We are looking at a marketplace that drives the opportunity, where fixed telecoms doesn't work, everything is mobile.

We are supplying power for people on the move.

I like that.

How much does it cost?

It is going to vary depending on the particular model.

We are looking for example at an arrangement in the u.s., $199. that is more the recreational market for people that are away over the weekend.

So that you're able to recharge the gps, iphone, whatever you might happen to have.

It gives you the opportunity to get that into play.

In africa, it will depend on whether it is sold or leased.

The only part that comes with it is the recharge from the hydrogen.

This also shows is is completely safe.

I hope so.

It is right here on the desk.

Thank you so much.

Coming up, for those listening on bloomberg radio, the first word.

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