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Has Google entered the battle for next-generation batteries?

Has Google entered the battle for next-generation batteries?

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By eeNews Europe



The Google X development lab began testing batteries developed for Google products by third parties towards the end of 2012 about the time Dr Ramesh Bhardwaj, Apple’s battery expert, joined to head up the Google X research team.  Google appear to be pursuing a dual development strategy which is working towards improving lithium-ion batteries while also seeking to develop new generation solid state batteries.

The battery expert joined Google to head up a project in the Google X research lab focusing on how to improve batteries on a range of Google devices which includes solid-state thin-film batteries that transmit through a solid rather than a liquid.

The love affair with the humble battery is attracting a number of the biggest brands in the global market.  Google, and its rivals, all want to greater control of their own development programs at strategic sections of their supply chain.  The power source is commonly a battery for most mass-market consumer applications.

Google’s secretive development program is known to embrace drones, cars and various hardware that all demands more efficient and safer batteries.  Although the   the next generation lithium-ion battery is the first objective to market dominance a solid-state battery may be more attractive solution to product designers in the longer term.

Earlier this month Stanford University scientists unveiled the first high-performance aluminum battery that is fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. The Stanford team claimed the new prototype aluminium battery could fully charge a smartphone in just one minute.

Apple has been focusing on battery develops for some time because the company realises that is the area its critics typically complain about when an Apple product is launched.  The Apple Watch being the latest example of the trend with the wristwatch only promising an 18-hour battery life that has not impressed prospective customers.

In recent months the electric car maker Tesla has been in the news more for its battery manufacturing plans than for its new models of vehicles.

And its not just US giant corporations that are trying to muscle in on the battery sector. Last month Dyson, the British vacuum cleaning company, invested $15 million into a solid-state battery development which aims to double the battery life of smartphones and power the electronic cars of the future.

Dyson is backing Sakti3, start-up out of the University of Michigan. The company claims the solid-state battery technology will be a huge improvement on existing lithium-ion batteries, storing about twice as much power.

Once the next generation of lithium ion batteries or their solid state rivals finally hit the streets be prepared for a massive rush of new consumer products being launched as product designers try to capitalise on a longer lasting power source.

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