SAIT has announced a small methanol fuel cell. The target application is recharging cell phones, PDAs, and other portable devices. They claim it can charge the battery in a typical portable device 200 consecutive times without needing to load a new $1 methanol cartridge. That sounds like more than enough power for a small robot. Perhaps robot hobbyists will be experimenting with these things before too long. For more see the Chosun Biz story or Daily Tech story (w/photo). The only downside is that, like most portable fuel cell devices we've reported on in the last five years, this one is still "2-3 years" from general availability. See also our previous stories on Fujitsu's micro methanol fuel cell and why methanol fuel cells largely remain vaporware. On a more positive note, we've also reported on inexpensive hydrogen fuel cells that are available now for robot experimenters and on a real fuel cell powered homebrew robot.