Information drives speed, value and service today.
Logistics is an information-intensive industry and function. Technology is used to increase inventory turns and deliver goods where and when they are needed. Logistics workers—including warehouse personnel, drivers, rental car employees, even ski lift operators, have been able to increase productivity and speed service with mobile tracking devices connected to information networks.
Power That Lasts the Entire Shift
All too often, however, the batteries in these mobile tracking devices run out before a shift is completed. Elaborate “recharging stations” are often set up to ensure that a fresh supply of batteries is readily available. Besides the inconvenience, these solutions consume time, space, and capital.
Users are demanding power solutions that can work as hard as they do — up to 12-hour shifts in many cases. This is not possible with current rechargeable battery technology, such as lithium-ion or nickel-metal hydride. Further, users are constantly looking for smaller and lighter form-factors for their mobile products to ease ergonomic demands.
Instant “Recharge” for continuous computing.
Importantly, companies that depend on mobile technology can benefit from the ability to continuously run their electronic equipment without the need to wait for recharging. Fuel cells can produce power as long as a fuel source is provided. When one fuel cartridge is exhausted, it can simply be replaced by another one to continue the power supply. Instead of carrying multiple batteries or rely on a charging station, employees would only need to carry one fuel cell and several lightweight fuel cartridges for continuous power capability.
Fully Sealed System
Neah Power’s design can be configured as an open air system (for greater runtime capacity) or as a fully-sealed system (for predictable operation under a wide variety of field conditions). Both configurations capture the reaction by-products inside the fuel cartridge. The open-air system requires exposure to air for its oxygen source, while the fully-sealed system contains a liquid oxidant alongside methanol fuel in the cartridge.