Battery Technology: Has Fluidic Energy Cracked a Critical Code?



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  1. Ike Kiefer says:

    Batteries were not forgotten by science and innovation. Electricity storage has long been the holy grail of electricity technology and a huge focus of effort and spending. Shrinking electricity is just a much more stubborn problem than shrinking computing power because one is dealing with physical particles and tangible quantities of energy and mass rather than merely manipulating intangible bits of information that have no inherent size. Electricity in batteries or fuel cells or capacitors is stored in the orbital configuration of electrons within different compound molecules, and energy and power density are thus limited by the physics of the atom. With electricity storage, we began at the nano-scale. With bits we began with macroscopic pebbles and abacus beads. Even after all the progress to date in shrinking computer chips and data storage, a single bit is currently represented by more than a million atoms on a hard drive, so there is still much room to shrink them. The only way to stably store energy more densely than atomic electrons is in atomic nucleons, and that is the difference between chemical energy and nuclear energy. Is Wall Street anticipating an imminent nuclear energy storage breakthrough? Are investors ready to fund consumer nuclear energy storage for for homes and automobiles?

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