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Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Technologies


The University of North Florida, in collaboration with the University of Florida, is seeking companies interested in commercializing direct methanol fuel cells for greater energy storage capacity in portable electronics, including laptops. The direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) are two to three times smaller than available rechargeable batteries for 24-hour operation. Methanol is an inexpensive, widely available fuel that can be extracted from both natural gas and renewable plant materials, such as wood. Though long-lasting, existing DMFCs are the size of a briefcase and require bulky fans, exit condensers and other water management components to function properly. The University of Florida is taking the lead in managing this intellectual property; more information can be found through their Office of Technology Licensing.