DEVICES USE SCANVENGED ENERGY FROM THE AIR WE BREATHE TO POWER THEM

Breath & air-powered for non-existent batteries

Lithium-air batteries are currently in the works, and IBM predicts that batteries “that use the air we breath to react with energy-dense metal” will result in smaller, lighter rechargeable batteries that last ten times longer than today’s lithium-ion types. Whilst such batteries could be used in everything from cars to home appliances, it is also suggested that small items such as cell phones might not need batteries at all. IBM is trying to reduce the amount power required for such devices to less than 0.5 volts per transistor. At those rates, it is claimed, they could be powered via “energy scavenging” – like already-existing kinetic wrist watches that get their power from the user’s arm movements, or experimental piezoelectric devices.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

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