This week we’ve had the emergence of 2 new battery technologies, they’re both very exciting and best of all, they’re sustainable and not harmful to the planet.
The first of the two battery technologies was demoed at the Tel Aviv Technology Conference where a Samsung S4 Smartphone fitted with the new battery technology was charged from empty to full in an astonishing 26 seconds!
The battery is produced by the Isaeli startup company ‘StoreDot’. The battery used in the demo is currently the size of a cigarette pack but it’s just the beginning, StoreDot expect this technology ready to fit into smartphones in 3 years.
This is a bio-organic technology and as a result the creation of a battery involves an organic growth process as we have to let nature take its course. This means the battery will cost 50% more than current batteries. But this doesn’t take away from the fact that the battery is non-toxic, and when the patent expires, people will be able to make their own batteries in their own communities, drastically brining the down costs.
Best of all, this technology isn’t only for batteries, it’s a whole new technology that can be used to produce memory cards that are 3 times faster than the flash memory cards we have at the moment.
The second battery technology comes to us from Virgina Tech university, where a research team has developed a battery technology that harnesses its power from sugar. Best of all it’s cheaper, refillable, biodegradable and can store 10 times more power than the current lithium-ion batteries!
The findings from Y.H. Percival Zhang, an associate professor of biological systems engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering, were published in the journal Nature Communications.
While there are other sugar batteries currently being developed, Zhang said his battery technology has an energy density an order of magnitude higher than others (10 times the energy storage of the other batteries), allowing it to run longer before needing to be refueled.
This technology could be available for use in smartphones, tablets, video games and any other technologies as soon as 3 years.
Sugar is a perfect energy storage compound in nature… So it’s only logical that we try to harness this natural power in an environmentally friendly way to produce a battery.
In America alone, billions of toxic batteries are thrown away every year, posing a threat to both the environment and human health, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Zhang’s development could help keep hundreds of thousands of tons of batteries from ending up in landfills.
This is one of Zhang’s many successes in the last year that utilize a series of enzymes mixed together in combinations not found in nature. He has published articles on creating edible starch from non-food plants and developed a new way to extract hydrogen in an economical and environmentally friendly way that can be used to power vehicles.
Zhang has two very interesting research goals, they are to (i) replacing crude oil with sugars and (ii) feeding the world by out-of-the-box solutions. Good on you Zhang!
You can read into more detail about both of the batteries through the reference links below.