Stanford University New Centre have announced a new type of Lithium Ion Battery with 10 times the storage capacity of current types. It uses Nano Technology to achieve these impressive capacity figures. Nano Technology is starting to change a lot of things. it could well be this age will be called the nano technology Age!!
The implication of these new batteries are that your laptop that now runs for 2 hours on a charge, would last for 20 hours instead.
The biggest breakthrough however might be in electric cars. The main problem has long been one of a good enough battery that would take sufficient charge for long journeys. Most electric cars are fast and fairly powerful but can make only 150 to 200Km journeys at most before needing to be re-charged.
With one of these new batteries fitted, a similar car could run for up to 2000Km before re-charging. This would put the electric car into a completely new category, making it attractive to a much wider customer base.
Exciting stuff this Nano technology. Nano Nano!!!!
Here is a link to the Stanford site: http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2008/january9/nanowire-010908.html