A fuel cell for telecommunications base station backup power won an Emerging Technologies Award at the wireless technologies CTIA 2013 conference last week in Las Vegas. The system bagged a prize in the Green Telecom and Smart Energy Solutions category and was jointly developed by Nokia Siemens Networks and Ballard Power Systems.
Discovered by scientists at Manchester University in 2005, graphene has a wealth of potential applications related to both renewables and energy storage – as well as flexible electronics and opto-electronics, and much more.
It is also having a lot of UK government money thrown at it, according to the BBC. The UKP 21.5 million promised by British finance minister George Osborne will come from an earlier funding allocation, and – it is hoped – will be matched by another UKP 14 million from industry and universities.
Amongst the commercial partners will be Nokia, BAE Systems, Procter & Gamble, Qinetiq, Rolls-Royce, Dyson, Sharp and Philips Research.