It seems natural that military applications take over the new technology. It seems natural that people use their best to defeat others, instead of helping their civilians.
Samsund SDI and Samsung Electronics made a Direct Methanol Fuel Cell, or DMFC, and showed it at the Green Energy Expo this year. It’s fueled by a mix of methanol and water, and it can power a soldier’s electronic equipment for up to three days. It’s not heavy, either: just 7.7lbs (3.5kg), giving 1,800 Watt-hours of electricity. It’s also a quick-charging device, all you have to do is pour in water and methanol, and you’re set!
The cell will be tested on real-life applications next year, before it will be transferred to the military if the tests are successful. I wonder how long will it take before these batteries reach our homes, cars, and so on. Although it’s a carbon-based technology, it’s much cleaner and powerful (per volume) than what we have today (if produced from renewable resources).