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Batteries

Gadgetopia tells us that hope may be on the way!
As someone who spends the first few minutes in every hotel room plugging in my battery driven stuff (rasor, iPod, iPhone, laptop, etc.) to recharge, I am very interested in developments in battery life improvements.
The Holy Grail of Batteries?
New battery could change world, one house at a time: If this is legitimate, it would be revolutionary. Battery technology is the only thing holding renewable power back from its full potential. The inability to buffer solar or wind is a huge limitation, and this battery would give us that ability.
The company calculates that the battery will cram 20 to 40 kilowatt hours of energy into a package about the size of a refrigerator, and operate below 90 degrees C.
[…] Ceramatec says its new generation of battery would deliver a continuous flow of 5 kilowatts of electricity over four hours, with 3,650 daily discharge/recharge cycles over 10 years. With the batteries expected to sell in the neighborhood of $2,000, that translates to less than 3 cents per kilowatt hour over the battery’s life. Conventional power from the grid typically costs in the neighborhood of 8 cents per kilowatt hour.
Re-read that last paragraph and let the information really sink in. Five kilowatts over four hours — how much is that? Imagine your trash compactor, food processor, vacuum cleaner, stereo, sewing machine, one surface unit of an electric range and thirty-three 60-watt light bulbs all running nonstop for four hours each day before the house battery runs out. That’s a pretty exciting place to live.”
Awesome. I wants me one.
Stephen

Posted on: August 19, 2009, 9:00 am Category: Uncategorized

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