Nano-sized Batteries for the Future

Have you recovered from the holiday feasting and shopping? We’re not sure that we have, but we are excited to be writing about the new cross between nanotechnology and batteries that could be bringing us tiny, more energy efficient, batteries down the line.

If you haven’t been following us, developing technologies is a subject that is near and dear to ATS considering that we test for and remove outdated storage tanks and even developed our own tank testing equipment. Scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are constantly creating new technologies that make our daily lives easier, streamline difficult processes, improve the environment, and generally bring us closer as a global community. Every Thursday, ATS brings you a new “tech” that we think is worth learning about!

Recently, researchers from the University of Maryland, published an article discussing the application of nanopores to batteries. Nanopores, or nanostructured electrodes are tiny holes can produce an electric current. Due to the surface area and structure of these nanopores, the current can charge the battery rapidly and sustain the battery for a significant period of time.

This means that we can develop the “miniaturization of energy storage.” While in the short term future this technology definitely means we can make smaller batteries, it also hold significance for the future of sustainable technologies. Many of these technologies have been limited by their ability to retain energy for later use. With smaller, more capable batteries, we could see these sustainable technologies gain more common use.

According to National Geographic, it’s not only the University of Maryland team that is interested in these tiny batteries for tomorrow. With funding and research growing, this technology is definitely one to watch.