The more we rely on mobile devices the more we rely upon one small technology. Batteries. Have you ever reached for your smartphone to look something up or to get directions and discovered that it has died? Well, in a few years, that may be something you don’t need to worry about.
A Better Battery on the Way?
Engineers at Chicago’s Northwestern University have been working on advancements in battery technology and may have discovered a way to make batteries charge in minutes and last significantly longer.
Northwestern’s researchers have found a method to prolong the charge of lithium-ion batteries by more then 10 times the current lithium-ion battery life. They’re even boasting that after 150 charges, which they believe represents about a year of operation, the new lithium-ion battery will be 5 times more efficient than batteries at this time.
A Charged Battery for a Week
This might be hard to believe, especially with all the apps we run on our devices, but this new battery may stay charged for a whole week. And the charging time could be less then 15 minutes. That will obviously make life easier but this technology could have a even more significant impact then that. It can be applied to the batteries utilized in electric cars, making them a lot more efficient, and drastically decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels.
Batteries Powering Technological Change
The new battery technology isn’t available yet for consumers, however the Northwestern researchers say that it could hit the market in three to five years. This is a big step. When we look at advancements in technology, we tend to ignore the batteries that power our latest gadgets. Battery constraints are one of the factors holding back an even greater technology revolution. The hope is that the research done at Northwestern University can change this.