Apple has been granted its first patent for a Liquidmetal, a space-age metal alloy but unlike experts expected the patent is not for the an enclosure or antenna but for internal component of a fuel cell.
Fuel cells are important technology in Silicon Valley at the moment and in the future miniature fuel cells are expected to power mobile phone for more than 30 days without the need to recharge them. Researchers and developers who helped create the new Liquidmetal alloy have predicted that Apple will use it to build the next iPhone fuel cells.
Apple’s new patent describes “amorphous alloy” collector plates for fuel cells, an electrochemical battery that uses hydrogen to generate electricity. Although the patent doesn’t reference the Liquidmetal trademark, the material is an amorphous alloy or “ metallic glass.”
Within the manufacturing process Liquidmetal can be made to be super hard, corrosion proof, and durable and may prove to be the ideal material for fuel cells, only time will tell.
Via Cult of Mac