Brit high tech firm helping Apple with fuel cells

iPhones to run for days without recharging?

o'sullivan - joined from Apple Computer

A Brit fuel cell firm company, Intelligent Energy is reportedly working with Cupertino-based Apple on a secret venture that could put the recently-floated company in the Big League. The partnership is already being compared with that of Imagination Technologies. On flotation Intelligent Energy said that it bought a bundle of patents [known to be from Eveready] in conjunction with a “major international electronics company.” Now the UK’s Daily Mail has reported that it believes that company is actually Apple. Which makes sense because Apple likes to portray itself as having bleeding edge technology and putting fuel cells into electronic devices like smartphones and laptops makes a good deal of sense.

Fuel cells are able to convert chemical energy from fuel into electricity. It should mean that iPhones, Macbooks and iPads, could run without being charged for days or even weeks.

If the firm really has become Apple’s partner for energy-efficient devices, then the firm could be shot into the realms of global technology players.

Intelligent Energy has been compared to graphics chip provider, Imagination Technologies, which has enjoyed impressive growth from the use of its tech in smartphones such as Apple’s iPhone.

Having recruited former Apple Computer’s product specialist, Joe O’Sullivan, to the Intelligent Energy board as COO, the company has known close links with the iPhone maker.

The British company recently opened an office in San Jose close to Apple’s own Silicon Valley HQ.

About Dave Evans

Dave Evans was a long established commentator on both the IT and cellular industries. His last focus was on share price trends within the sector. He passed away in September [2014].
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