Cracking The Battery Barrier
How about your laptop, MP3 player, or even your car?
Although the global battery market is huge-
According to the fridonia Group in Cleveland, about $55 billion
Market research company--
In modern times, batteries are still one of the most restricted technologies, thanks in large part to the laws of chemistry and metallurgy.
At the same time, demand for renewable and sustainable energy generation and storage continues to increase.
This brings great opportunities to technology. savvy start-
Ups is trying to break through these obstacles--
This could be a huge relief for a large number of frustrated consumers.
\"It\'s a complete game,\" said Ken Lawler, a general partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Battery Ventures.
\"We are all trying to make our products a new industry leader.
\"Despite fierce competition from giants such as Altair, varance technology, Sony, Sanyo and P & G (
Owner of Duracell)
A startup cadre who spends hundreds of millions of dollars on battery research and development every yearups--
Some well-funded people-
Holy Grail in battery field: expanding battery capacity;
Increase the enhanced power of oomph for the device (
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Power batteries can run more easily through hard materials than on less powerful batteries);
Increase the number of battery charges;
Last but not least, security is enhanced.
A company, LIon battery, has four goals to achieve.
The Silicon Valley startup was founded in 2006 and supported by battery companies.
The goal of Up is to make small but powerful lithium-ion batteries that release energy when ions move from the anode to the cathode.
The Lion battery, which claims to increase charging, power, and reusability, also provides a vent to release potentially dangerous pressures generated by heat generated by all rebound ions.
Lithium-ion batteries usually have strong energyto-
The weight ratio and charge loss are minimal when not in use, which makes them ideal for portable electronic devices.
When the lion is aiming for power
In the tool market, the company also focuses on larger products such as motorcycles and cars.
Technology from Sri Lanka, No.
Profit sponsors for technology development. (
The company will not disclose how much money has been raised. )
According to Jeff Depew, the company\'s chief executive, the company\'s products should be available in 2009, perhaps sooner.
Unlike the LIon battery in Cedar Park, Texas, EEStor\'s goal is to use its \"battery-
Super capacitor hybrid technology.
Traditional batteries (
Including lithium ion batteries)
Wear and tear, must be thrown away, the \"super capacitor\" can be used and charged for decades without degradation;
The downside is that they tend to have 25 times less energy per pound than lithium-ion batteries, meaning they have to be charged regularly.
EEStor said it solved the problem with a ceramic super capacitor with ba
Titanium insulator, which can absorb more energy per given unit mass (
Called bi Neng).
According to the company, EEStor\'s battery has a specific energy of 280 watts.
The lithium-ion battery is about 120 watts per kilogram-
Hours and lead-
Acid gel batteries commonly used for golf carts and motorcycles are only 32 watt hours.
Zenn Motor was impressed: it invested $2 last year.
8% of EEStor shares, valuation begins-
It rose to $66 million.
If EEStor is able to deliver, Zenn Motor, which makes eco-friendly cars, will be a big winner.
According to Zenn, travel 500 miles at EEStor-
Electricity for electric medium-sized cars is only $12.
Burn $85 gasoline.
The current engine in the United StatesS. gas prices.
Critics claim that the technology has its limitations, mainly because the production of capacitors requires the use of the purest titanium ---
It does not mean a feat.
EEStor chief executive Richard Weir said the company has been working with the material since the beginning of this year and plans to go public later in 2008.
However, the third technology is vying for dominance: fuel cells.
These devices convert oxygen and stored hydrogen into electrical energy;
The only emissions are harmless water vapor.
As long as the fuel exists, the battery will pump water continuously.
Angstrom Power in Vancouver is a player here.
Angstrom was launched in 2001 using fuel
Mobile technology for small consumer electronics such as mobile phones and MP3 players.
As of 2006, Angstrom has raised $18 million from venture capital companies including arte te, Growth Works and West. (
It has raised additional funds since then, but will not reveal much. )
In January, Angstrom released the prototype of the Motorola SLVR phone, which has doubled the call time for lithium-ion batteries sold.
The phone also recharges in 10 minutes.
It takes several hours for lithium ion batteries.
But like any industry, innovation in the battery business is more than just mastering technology.
When you are a small fry, it is also important to convince the public to give you a chance.
\"The performance advantage must be convincing,\" said Lawler of the battery enterprise . \".
\"Customers have been nervous about buying since the beginning --up company.