Olight - R50        
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Battery Innovation

  1. #1
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Idaho, USA
    Posts
    927

    Default Battery Innovation

    It seems that every week there is a press announcement from a university or other research organization touting a "breakthrough" in battery technology. But these "breakthroughs" rarely seem to materialize in commercially available batteries.

    http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017...70907-nwu.html

    ...The path to bringing more efficient, effective, and economical batteries to market over the last 25 years is overwhelmingly littered with failure…

    ...Now, however, in a recent paper published in MRS Energy & Sustainability, Vinayak Dravid, the Abraham Harris chaired professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering...propose an updated model of US battery commercialization…

    ...With more economical and energy-dense batteries holding the potential to solve contemporary energy challenges—such as balancing the intermittency problems of renewables and making possible electric transportation fleets—the researchers believe applying the pharma-inspired development pipeline to batteries can breed rich, transformative technologies...

  2. #2

    Default Re: Battery Innovation

    Yeah I always have to laugh at these. The research may indirectly lead to something down the road, but they never seem to go anywhere. Just a nice headline for the engineering/technology publications.
    GOOD TINT!

  3. #3
    Flashaholic* Timothybil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    The great state of Iowa
    Posts
    2,801

    Default Re: Battery Innovation

    Yeah, a lot of it is just part of the 'Publish or Perish" mindset, but as many of those researchers find out, it's along way from the lab to the manufacturing plant, and many otherwise good discoveries just don't make it for one reason or another.
    You don't NEED a parachute to skydive. You DO need a parachute to skydive twice.

  4. #4
    Honorary Aussie
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    4,304

    Default Re: Battery Innovation

    No doubt there's some truth to it, but this announcement strikes me as even less impressive than most because it's really just about better marketing rather than improvements in the basic science or technology.
    It is better to buy a beautiful, expensive, custom flashlight than to curse the darkness.

  5. #5
    Flashaholic Enderman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    Vancouver, Canada
    Posts
    193

    Default Re: Battery Innovation

    Just ignore all these "new battery technology" articles.
    When a new battery technology actually enters the consumer market then you can start caring about it.
    Otherwise it's just a waste of time and hope.

  6. #6
    Honorary Aussie
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    4,304

    Default Re: Battery Innovation

    Right on.
    It is better to buy a beautiful, expensive, custom flashlight than to curse the darkness.

  7. #7
    Unenlightened KhazukX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Location
    Philippines
    Posts
    12

    Default Re: Battery Innovation

    I'm still waiting for some of those atomic batteries described by H. Beam Piper in his sci-fiction novels. Seriously, if only battery technology could match half the progress being made in other fields- what wonders we could have had by now.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •