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MSI: Paper-thin Batteries Made from Algae

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A number of researchers worldwide are developing paper thin batteries that will allow for paper thin products to hit the consumer shelves in the coming years. One concept being developed use algae which is available all around the world in large quantities. These batteries will be thin and light enough to be combined with traditional paper, fabric or solid material coatings to create all sorts of interactive displays and surface changing features. 

Quote from www.livescience.com

“Scientists worldwide are striving to develop thin, flexible, lightweight, inexpensive, environmentally friendly batteries made entirely from nonmetal parts. Among the most promising materials for these batteries are conducting polymers.”

Potential 2012 Christmas gifts from the minds eye of Bob Katayama:

  • T-Shirts with customizable images and slogans.
  • Wrapping paper that allows for limitless designs and colors built in to choose from.
  • A message board that uses no ink that you can attach to your fridge and reuse over and over.
  • Credit cards that light up the information in low light conditions.
  • Labels on medication that can be zoomed in to read the instructions.
  • Hospital wrist bands with a built in database of patient information.
  • Watches that can be applied like a sticker.
  • Night lights that can be placed anywhere.
  • Better clothes that can be seen on the dark.
  • Shirts that change color for any occasion.
  • Purses that change color and patterns
  • Product labels that display a promotional video when touched.
  • Music album covers that read like multiple pages in a book.
  • Paper airplanes that can be seen in the dark.
  • Remote controlled gliders powered by the outer surface material to minimize the overall weight.
  • Paper lanterns with no light bulbs or candles inside.
  • Retail shopping bags with current promotional banner being displayed.
  • 4 x 6 or 8 x 10 photo paper with a built in slideshow for multiple photos.
  • Bar glasses that change beer brand logos based on the beer being served.
  • Kites that you can download your own patterns and images to before flying.

The potentials are endless.

The new trend towards paper thin batteries is not to replace existing AAA, AA, C, or D batteries but to create new products that take advantage of the thin batteries properties. This would have been science fiction only 10 years ago but from the looks of things, it maybe available in limited form starting within the next 2 – 3 years.

Source: www.livescience.com

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2 comments for “MSI: Paper-thin Batteries Made from Algae”

  1. Added Note:

    Now that water has been discovered on the moon, the potential to use this water for space exploration becomes a more viable option. The cost to transport water from earth is just too expensive. Water can be used for fuel plus be used to drink. If the algae can be converted to produce these paper thin batteries relatively easily, a small sample of the algae could be transported and quickly grown in the lab. Then these paper thin batteries could be manufactured to supply power for numerous electronic devices that have very little current requirements.

    Just a thought.

    Posted by Bob Katayama | December 20, 2009, 4:39 pm
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