The technology that we make use of has highly developed over the years and our gadgets have got much more easy to use. Our lives have been greatly simplified by these giant leaps of advanced technology. However, what remains consistent over the decades is the longevity of the batteries we use in our devices, machines and gadgets.
No matter how smart a phone is, the battery life is still compromised for its sleek and ergonomic design. But if we are to believe the sources, a boom in the world of power awaits. The technological giants have a way to get the old rid of the lithium-ion batteries and replace them with its stronger and more efficient counterparts. Some of the most promising battery discoveries have been enlisted here, have a look:
Skin Power Harnessing Battery
Remember the laws of Friction from your physics classes? Well, they have been put to use in the making of this device that generates electricity from the human skin and surprisingly it emits enough power to light up 12 LED bulbs. A 50nm-thick gold electrode is used to create friction between the two.
Water-consuming Alfa Battery
Created by Fuji Pigment, this aluminum-air battery can run for fourteen days after once charged, which is forty times the capacity of a lithium-ion battery. It can be recharged by simply topping it with water, any kind. Using it in cars can prove to be very beneficial. The battery is all set to enter the market later this year.
The Aluminum- Graphite Battery- A savior for our smart phones
Imagine if you’re smart phone gets fully charged in just one minute- won’t that be the answer to all your prayers? Well, it’s possible now with this battery developed by the scientists at Stanford University. The only drawback with these batteries is their power capacity, which is half of the lithium batteries used in phones today but who cares when it takes just a minute to charge? Getting out of a home with your phone fully charged was never so easy.
Prieto has come up with a unique 3D battery that is smaller and much cheaper to make than the lithium ones. It also charges faster and has a longer life. This foam battery is made using a copper foam substrate and is one of its kinds. Since it has a non-flammable electrolyte, it is safe for being used in wearable devices.
Laser Powered Micro super capacitors
The scientists of Rice University bring to us a battery that charges fifty times faster than the current battery and discharges much slower than a super capacitor. These are quite expensive but if the laser is used for burning the electrodes into sheets of plastic, they can be quite feasible. We might have an option here for our easily draining smart phone batteries.
These five batteries are not just the future of power but also a final step towards conservation of energy. Since most of them are functioning on resources that are in abundance, we can embrace these future batteries for our gadgets and wearable’s without any worries.