Change in Portable Power Generation (IMAGE) European Research Council Caption Whether it is smartphones and tablets or electric cars, battery life is probably one of the main technological problems of our time. Dr. Albert Taranc&oacute;n from Catalonia Institute for Energy Research is taking up this challenge. His aim is to develop micro solid oxide fuel cells, as small as one euro cent, which could efficiently power portable devices. Solid oxide fuel cells are one of the most efficient and flexible power generators, but currently they can't work at room temperature. Dr. Taranc&oacute;n hopes to change it. His research project combines advanced material science, nanotechnology and microelectronics to create fuel cells with higher energy densities and lower costs. If he is successful, Dr. Taranc&oacute;n will revolutionize portable power generation. Credit Dr Albert Tarancon Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.