Green chemical company touts hydrogen-driven mobile charger

Green chemical company touts hydrogen-driven mobile charger

Summary: New York-based SiGNa Chemistry is developing rechargeable cartridges that could provide an alternative wireless charging strategy for mobile electronics.The cartridge, called mobile-H2, contains a substance called sodium silicide that produces hydrogen when it comes in contact with water.

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New York-based SiGNa Chemistry is developing rechargeable cartridges that could provide an alternative wireless charging strategy for mobile electronics.

The cartridge, called mobile-H2, contains a substance called sodium silicide that produces hydrogen when it comes in contact with water. In theory, the technology could be used with anything from a smart phone to a global positioning satellite device to an MP3 player.

The first demonstration of the technology is in conjunction with PowerTrekk, a device made by Stockholm-based myFC. The charger works when you insert a fuel cartridge and add water.

SiGNa can design the cartridges according to the specific application, according to the company's CEO, Michael Lefenfeld. "At SiGNa, we can customize our H2 solutions to meet any portable power needs ... unlike other portable chargers, PowerTrekk with SiGNa's NaSi provides instant and reliable power anywhere, making it ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and business users in emerging markets. SiGNa has created an inherently safe solution to produce electric power, resulting in an eco-friendly and cost-effective portable solution."

Aside from helping with electricity sourcing, SiGNa is touting the fact that its technology is produced from renewable starting materials, and that there is no waste created through the exothermic manufacturing process. Heat is recaptured and reused during the process.

Topic: Mobility

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