“A new process could let your laptop and cell phone recharge a hundred times faster than they do now.
MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011BY KATHERINE BOURZAC E-mail|Audio »|Print
A new way of making battery electrodes based on nanostructured metal foams has been used to make a lithium-ion battery that can be 90 percent charged in two minutes. If the method can be commercialized, it could lead to laptops that charge in a few minutes or cell phones that charge in 30 seconds.
The methods used to make the ultrafast-charging electrodes are compatible with a range of battery chemistries; the researchers have also used them to make nickel-metal-hydride batteries, the kind commonly used in hybrid and electric vehicles.”
via Batteries that Recharge in Seconds – Technology Review.
This has huge implications. Again, another example of not just an incremental change but rather an exponential change in delivery of a platform. See my other posting re 3D component printing technology.
GE, a large American conglomerate, is now proposing to make ultrasound transducers by “additive” manufacturing—or three-dimensional printing, as it is also known. A new laboratory at the firm’s research centre in Niskayuna, New York, is taking a hard-headed look at the technique, which some see as a fad and others as the future, and working out which products might be made more efficiently by addition rather than subtraction.
via Three-dimensional printing: An image of the future | The Economist.
Using a 3D printing form of additive manufacturing is setting the stadge to make not inremental , but rather exponential strides in high tech production .
When we think we have reach the limitations in a process , there is another platform that reaches us across a new breach in understanding and knowledge to take us into greater advancements in science, art , medicine , aerospace and more.