A Bold New World for Batteries
Techlife News|April 17, 2016

The almost endless possibilities of battery tech.

WHY BATTERY TECHNOLOGY HAS SUCH AN EXCITING FUTURE

Battery technology... it’s an extremely dry subject, and yet, it is also an extremely important one in terms of how we lead our lives. We are all so used to complaining about the battery lives of our phones, or our inability to find a certain type of battery that we need in the local store, that we can end up forgetting the sheer wonders of batteries, and how far they have advanced in a relatively short time. If you disagree, allow us to be your guide to the amazing future of battery technology!

THE GREAT EXPECTATIONS FOR BATTERIES

Batteries have long been the source of great wonder - as well as consternation - among human beings. They’re far from something that you merely recharge at night or slot into the back of your electronic device - they have also been the subject of lofty expectation and ambition among those wanting to make our everyday lives as humans that little bit easier.

Smartphone and tablet owners, for example, demand batteries that last as long as possible while also adding as little bulk as possible, while concerns about the environment have also helped to give batteries a central role in the drive to generate clean and sustainable energy via renewable technologies. Researchers at the likes of Apple, Google and Tesla are all working hard on the latest battery innovations, while cars, planes, wearable tech and even drones are joining smartphones and other electronic devices on the list of products that have been key frontiers for battery-related technological breakthroughs.

It seems that every passing week, there is a new rumor about that company or this businessperson trying their luck by ploughing funds into a much-hyped emergent battery technology. Sir James Dyson’s $15 million investment in Sakti3 in early 2015, for instance, was his first outside his eponymous company, and was based on his faith that solid state technology could yield more energy-dense and less expensive batteries for Dyson products. Similarly, Apple has long experimented with hydrogen-powered smartphones.

THE CONTINUAL REFINEMENT OF EXISTING BATTERY TECHNOLOGY

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