Nokia Bell Labs-led project designs battery with 2.5 times current output

New battery technology could provide critical attributes for 5G, consumer devices and IoT

The new battery design could also have far-reaching implications for 4G and 5G networks.
The new battery design could also have far-reaching implications for 4G and 5G networks.

A new battery that packs 2.5 times the battery life of anything currently on the market could revolutionise the connected devices market.

Researchers at Nokia Bell Labs and AMBER, the SFI Centre for Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research hosted at Trinity College Dublin, created a new formula that doubles the energy a battery can carry without changing the weight, a critical requirement for uses such as IoT networks, electric vehicles and drones

The increasing power requirements of connected devices such as smartphones, drones, electric cars and robots necessitates greater battery performance for both new applications as well as longer battery lifetimes.

The new battery design could also have far-reaching implications for 4G and 5G networks where conventional power may not be available for network equipment, or where emergency backup battery systems are essential to keep systems running.

An additional benefit to this new technology is its potential to improve the performance of large-scale energy grids powered by renewable energy.  The demand for reliable power relies on storage technologies to manage the high fluctuation in energy generation in today's wind and solar renewable technologies.  A new study from Wood Mackenzie shows that the energy storage in 100 percent renewable systems will likely be 25 times higher as compared to today's systems. This will pose issues as the need for efficient, fast charging and compact energy storage becomes even more imperative.

A study discussing the battery research performed by Nokia Bell Labs and AMBER has been published in Nature Energy a leading international science journal.

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