19th March 2015
Broadcasters, Cinematographers and Independent Content Creators will be interested to learn about some new game-changing battery technology on the horizon for us. Lithium-Ion batteries offered us many advantages over Nickel Cadmium technology and are now the backbone for much of our work. But there are two new approaches which may soon offer us greater power, faster charging, safer technology ... and for lower cost.
Too good to be true? Well, no, but we might have to wait a while for it.
An Israeli company called Store Dot Ltd has developed proprietary organic compounds to develop a unique malfunction electrode. Essentially it combines the high-energy storage ability and low self-discharge rate of a lithium-ion battery, together with the high-power rapid-charging capability of a super-capacitor. Battery life expectancy is expected to be 4 times that of lithium ion, and the risk of "self-combustion" is all but eliminated.
Sir James Dyson's announcement this week that he has invested $15 million dollars in a Michigan USA start-up called Sakti3, could herald an even more exciting prospect for us. This company could change everything. They have developed a solid state battery that has just about double the energy density of lithium ion, and may cost only 1/5 of the price. Sakti3 have removed a battery's liquid electrolyte and replaced it with a solid state wall. This makes it intrinsically safe and lowers the cost.