07 Dec '11, 7am

Opening up the market to fuel cell technologies

Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies co-founder Taras Wankewycz has an interesting proposition – he wants people to ‘hack’ his company’s technology. In simpler terms, he wants to challenge entrepreneurs to take apart his company’s products and adapt them for their own uses – an approach called open source innovation. A well-known example of this approach is the way smartphone makers encourage phone users to develop their own phone applications and share them within a user network. To make it easy for people, the company sells a kit on its website , called the ‘Open source application development kit’ which contains fuel cell components in addition to an Arduino Uno electronics board. Arduino micro-controller boards are one of the most widely used electronics control devices that people can use to build their own electronics innovations. Software for the boards is available to do...

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