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Fuel Cells/Saftey 060710
(July 2006) The International Electrochemical Commission (IEC) publishes safety specifications for small fuel cells. This specification is said to “open the door to fuel cell use on passenger aircraft.”

The specification covers fuel cells in devices such as cell phones, music players, gaming consoles, and laptop computers.  Numerous fuels are covered, including methanol, formic acid, borohydride, butane and hydrogen.

Compliance is voluntary, but compliance is required of devices that would be transported on passenger aircraft under the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions permitting carry-on devices powered by fuel cells starting in 2007.