nanoPower for the phone

Lucent Technologies’ Bell Labs and Norwalk, Connecticut-based mPhase Technologies are working on a battery that will boost the juice in the future phones. The two companies are co-developing a nanotechnology-based power cell technology. Bell Labs and the New Jersey Nanotech Consortium at Bell Labs, have developed prototypes of this technology.

bq. “Until now, battery technology has shown slow improvement rates of only 5-7% a year, but by using this new nanotech-based approach, we may be able to greatly accelerate the pace of battery innovation,” aid Dave Bishop, vice president of nanotechnology research at Lucent’s Bell Labs and president of the New Jersey Nanotechnology Consortium.

bq. Bell Labs scientists and engineers recently made a significant breakthrough in microfluidics that enables dynamic control of surfaces when interacting with a liquid – a key enabler for making “Smart Batteries” a reality. Fine control of liquids at the micro and macro scale will allow scientists to create batteries that can be activated upon demand. Nano-based batteries may have the potential for infinite shelf life and rapid power-up capability. In addition, batteries based on this technology may deliver a new and unique component for system design across many fields, including defense, industrial and consumer electronics.

Clearly a technology like this is desperately needed. With most companies wanting us to use our mobile phones as cameras, jukeboxes, email devices and instant messengers, the batteries run out faster than Howard Dean’s so called brilliant ideas. I think these two if they can pull it off, will be a vindication for the nanotechnology.

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