Japanese news service Nikkei recently reported that Toshiba Corporation has developed a hand-held microreactor designed to extract hydrogen from dimethyl ether (DME) and carbon-based fuels.

According to Nikkei, the microreactor is capable of producing approximately 200 cubic centimeters (cc) of hydrogen per minute from 200 cc of water and 50 cc of DME, providing enough fuel for a solid polymer fuel cell used to power a laptop computer.

Nikkei said the small size of the microreactor will enable the miniaturization of accompanying fuel cell systems.

SOURCE:  http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Toshiba+Develops+Hydrogen-generating+Microreactor.-a0143928349