Imprint Energy is developing flexible, printed batteries for wearable devices

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Ultrathin zinc-polymer battery.

Imprint Energy is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed cheaply on commonly used industrial screen printers. The California startup has been testing its ultrathin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices and hopes to sell them to manufacturers of wearable electronics, medical devices, smart labels, and environmental sensors.

 

 

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Apple secretly partners with Intelligent Energy to make battery life a lot better

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The two companies are rumored to be working on a fuel cell that could last days or weeks.

According to a report by the Daily Mail, Apple is rumored to be working with Intelligent Energy, a fuel-cell firm that could enable Apple’s devices to last “days or even weeks.”

 

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Electric car travels over 1,100 miles without a recharge on a new aluminum-air battery

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Together the Israeli company, Phinergy, and the aluminum giant, Alcoa Canada, demonstrated an electric vehicle (EV) capable of driving over 1,100 miles between charges using a combination of aluminum-air and lithium-ion storage technologies.

 

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Japanese startup unveils a long-lasting and safer dual-carbon battery

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A dual-carbon battery from a brand new startup out of Japan.

A young Japanese startup called Power Japan Plus, or PJP,  has a new type of battery under development that lasts longer, is safer, charges faster and is less expensive than a standard lithium ion battery. The year-old company uses carbon for both the anode and the cathode portion of the battery and hopes to start producing it later this year.

 

 

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Solar-powered batteries woven into fabric boost wearable technology

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flexible polymer solar cells are integrated into the textile battery eliminating the need for connecting the battery to a power outlet for recharging.

Google Glass and a wave of smartwatches are just some of the choices in wearable electronics, and they are quickly multiplying. But the batteries still need to be plugged into something to charge up. What if your watch strap could contain the battery components, along with a flexible solar cell? Voilà: No more plugging in.

 

 

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Israeli startup StoreDot charges smartphone batteries to full in 30 seconds

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StoreDot

It’s possible that you’ll be able to plug the smartphone in and charge it from 0 percent to 100 percent in just under a minute, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. An Israeli startup by the name of StoreDot revealed the technology at Microsoft’s Think Next Conference using standard smartphone batteries, and they claim it’ll even be portable. (video)

 

 

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New water desalination technology makes ocean water drinkable

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New method devised using a small electrical field that will remove the salt from seawater.

Chemists with the University of Texas and the University of Marburg have devised a method of using a small electrical field that will remove the salt from seawater.

 

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Tesla could have a $35K car that gets 1,000 miles per charge by 2020

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Tesla Model S at a charging station.

When Elon Musk was designing the Tesla Model S he wanted an electric motor that had the same horsepower as the most powerful internal combustion engine but with nearly-instantaneous torque. He also wanted it to be the size of a watermelon. Musk was told this couldn’t be done by engine manufacturers. So the Tesla CEO decided to build his own motor. The earlier versions of this had a hand-wound stator which increased winding density to help eliminate resistance and increase peak torque. Later versions of the stators were built by robots.

 

 

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Sugar battery could soon be powering your electronics

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A demonstration of two sugar biobatteries connected in a series to power a digital clock.

Almost all living cells break down sugar to produce energy. Researchers at Virginia Tech say they have developed a battery that can store the most energy for its weight using sugar as a fuel source by mimicking what plants and animals do naturally..

 

 

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Amprius raises $30 million to develop high-energy silicon batteries

The startup, Amprius is working on a new type of long-lasting lithium-ion batteries for laptops and electric vehicles. The company has started to sell its batteries for use in portable electronics. Amprius recently raised $30 million in venture capital to develop its next-generation batteries, which use high-energy silicon electrodes. The company says the batteries will store about 50 percent more energy than the battery cells in today’s electric vehicles.

 

 

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New battery material could make storing hours of power from wind and solar sources less expensive

Novel energy storage materials flow from the white containers into a fuel-cell like device in the foreground, where they generate electricity.

It would be great if utilities would be able to store the power that wind farms generate at night when no one wants and then be able to use it when the demand is high during the day. But conventional battery technology is so expensive that it only makes economic sense to store a few minutes of electricity, enough to smooth out a few fluctuations from gusts of wind.

 

 

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Ascent Solar debuts solar powered battery for smartphones

Ascent Solar Technologies EnerPlex solar charging products.

Ascent Solar Technologies Inc is a developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules integrated into off-grid applications as well as the EnerPlex(TM) series of consumer products. The company has debuted new additions to their EnerPlex product lineup, including the Surfr battery and solar case for the iPhone 5 and 5s as well as additional solar products and charging accessories, at CES 2014 in Las Vegas.

 

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