Ok so we all know batteries are required on pretty much all electronic devices, whether it’s our smartphones, laptops, watches and so many more devices, the best we get out of batteries on our phones a day or two, if you’re like me than half a day with full use, I don’t know if it’s just me, I am realising with all these batteries that have increased in ampage there are more and more apps that juice your processors, chipsets that are on steroids killing off your smartphones slowly, so every time there is an improvement on batteries they are also making more powerful phones so we are always going somewhere but no-where, the biggest question surrounding all of this, When can we use these devices without having to charge them as often as we do? To Answer this I don’t think we have a long time to wait before we see major revolutionising battery technology, I have compiled below the battery technologies that are coming out soon these are not just rumours, we can hope to see them as soon as 2017, so here is the list of great battery techs.
Solid State Lithium Ion Batteries
These batteries have advantages and disadvantages, let’s talk about what they are first, these batteries are made of electrodes and electrolytes, they have a good attraction to Ion which basically means it has good performance abilities, these batteries have a long shelf life they discharge slowly and charge quickly sounds good so far, only drawback is it takes a very high current for its interface, although solid state battery has a few disadvantages they have a high power density making it more likely to be used in the automotive industry as these batteries would have a slower discharge rate, also they can be made small as a plastic film that can be rolled up, we can also say these batteries are quite safe no fluid means no leaks and using them in almost any temperature doesn’t have a major effect on the solid state battery.
Fuel Cells have been around for some time, let us not forget the only batteries that we hear about are ones in our remote controls and phones, fuel cells are used in some forklifts, buses, and much more automotive vehicles, in simple a fuel cell is a device that converts the chemical energy from a fuel into electricity through a chemical reaction of positively charged hydrogen ions with oxygen or another oxidizing agent, fuel cells are different from batteries, they require a continuous source of fuel and oxygen or air to sustain the chemical reaction, in a battery the chemicals present in the battery react with each other to generate an electromotive force. So how is this useful, researchers all over the world are experimenting with different sources of energy using the same method of how the existing process is being used, which could mean a self-powering battery, the subject matter of fuel cell batteries is a big topic, I guess you have to be very passionate in doing a lot of research to see how you can sustain this technology.
Graphene Battery That Tesla could be powered by.
A Spanish company in the name of Graphenano has introduced a graphene polymer battery also known as grabat that could allow electric vehicles to have a maximum range of 500miles which should be enough for those long haul journeys on the road, the most amazing excitement comes from hearing it only takes a few minutes to charge, this may also revolutionise the automotive industry like tesla, the battery is designed for a number of uses, it could be used in houses, bicycles, and pacemakers.
This new battery technology is so amazing, it could discharge and charge faster than a standard lithium ion battery an estimate shows almost 33 times that of lithium ion. Unlike Lithium batteries they are safe to use and have the ability to hold its charge even after multiple use, a great breakthrough to losing miles over time.
Now I could go on and explain the science behind it, but don’t want you to fall asleep, fact file; the company expects to have prototypes in mid-2016, with commercial batteries being produced by the end of the year. I believe the technology will benefit a car like Tesla as it can harness the tech quite easily based on the layout of the interfaces that are being used.
Laser Made Graphene Supercapacitor
I could explain to you about this, but I better let the experts do justice to this tech, so watch the video below for a better understanding of what this could mean.