Google is pursuing the development of next-gen battery technology

by: Jimmy WestenbergApril 10, 2015

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While it seems as though current lithium-ion batteries in the tech world are slowly improving, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult for companies to build high-end devices that won’t waste precious battery life. A number of research labs and universities are trying to solve this battery problem, but not many have been successful in recent years. One of the latest companies to research heavily into new battery tech is Google, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal.

The group that is currently working on this new battery tech comes from the Google X research labs and is led by former Apple battery expert Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj. According to “people familiar with the matter”, Google’s team originally began testing other companies’ batteries for use in Google’s own products. Since 2012, the team has shifted its efforts into building battery tech that Google will end up producing itself. The team of Google X lab workers only consists of four members, including Dr. Bhardwaj.

The Wall Street Journal explains:

At Google, Dr. Bhardwaj’s group is trying to advance current lithium-ion technology and the cutting-edge solid-state batteries for consumer devices, such as Glass and Google’s glucose-measuring contact lens, according to the people familiar with the matter.

Whatever Google is working on could progress the state of thin-film batteries to eventually be used in smartphones, wearables and even in devices that could be implanted into the human body.

The report doesn’t comment on the specific technology that Google is working on or when we can expect to see it in the real world. While this whole story is a little scarce on details, we’re happy to hear Google may be putting its resources towards an area that really needs it.

  • Jordan Ross

    Who isn’t?

  • jerome

    what’s the phone on the image?

    • efc

      ZTE Blade 6+ according to the file name…

      • paxmos

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  • wric01

    Don’t waste money in r&d , just fund and license it from stanford.
    Researchers at Stanford University have created a fast-charging and long-lasting rechargeable battery that is inexpensive to produce, and which they claim could replace many of the lithium-ion and alkaline batteries powering our gadgets today. The prototype aluminum-ion battery is also safer, not bursting into flames as some of its lithium-ion brethren are wont to do.

    The prototype battery features an anode made of aluminum, a cathode of graphite and an ionic liquid electrolyte, all packed within a flexible, polymer-coated pouch. And unlike lithium-ion batteries, which can short circuit and explode or catch fire when punctured, the aluminum-ion battery will actually continue working for a short while before not bursting into flames.

    “The electrolyte is basically a salt that’s liquid at room temperature, so it’s very safe,” said Stanford graduate student Ming Gong, co-lead author of the study.

    Improved safety is great, but what many people want is a reduction in recharge times. The aluminum-ion battery hits the target here, too, with the Stanford team claiming “unprecedented charging times” of just one minute for recharging the prototype battery.

    What about durability? The aluminum-ion battery has you covered there, too. Unlike typical lithium-ion batteries that last around 1,000 charge-discharge cycles, or other aluminum-ion battery lab attempts that usually died after just 100 cycles, the Stanford researchers claim their battery stood up to 7,500 cycles without a loss of capacity. This would make it attractive for storing renewable energy on the electrical grid.

    • Android Developer

      Why not both?

    • Tom F

      Well that’s all good but the battery is just giving out 1V. A smartphone’s battery should at least give about 3V.

    • Danny S

      As someone who works in R&D funding in the engineering and physical sciences, I can tell you “don’t waste money in R&D, just fund and license it from stanford.” is a silly statement. There’s no such thing as a perfect solution when it comes to technology, so multiple R&D streams are essential. The Stanford University aluminium battery might be interesting, it might even one day replace lithium-ion batters, but at the moment we’re talking about an early prototype. It has exciting potential but as I’m sure you’re aware there are still a number of hurdles to overcome before it can be brought to market — and it might never be brought to market.

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    • The Mogget

      This aluminum battery is promising, but so were the many other promising-in-the-lab batteries we have been hearing about for years. If and when they have a commercially-viable product and if none of the many other next-gen batteries like solid-state sulfur hit the market then I am sure everyone will be rushing to pay a premium for these batteries.

      If Google develops an alternative, then people will be paying Google that premium. Licensing is so much worse than ownership that it is worth the risk to invest in many alternatives in hopes that one will work.

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  • Jimmy Doe

    Battery is not the problem here. It’s Google with its greedy services like Google Play Service that wast most of the battery. And with every update it gets more worse than before. Do your homework, Google!

    • SyCoREAPER

      I suggest you either install a custom Rom without Gapps or get a Crapple if you don’t like Google.

  • What is that phone in the picture?