Batteries and Nanotechnology

I read an article on Nanotechnology dealing with batteries and how it may help to revolutionize the electric car industry. Right now, the biggest problems with electric cars, besides their cost, is that if you plan to go over 100 miles you probably aren’t driving it. The reason is…how are you going to get back???  The battery life is limited and so is the recharging capabilities. That’s where nanotechnology comes in. Researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology’s Interdisciplinary School of Green Energy are focusing not on the improvement of battery life, but rather the recharging of them. Instead of hours to recharge an electric car they are experimenting with minutes. Yes, I said minutes.

But the core is still getting batteries to last a long time and have them mass produced. The nanotechnology is there to accomplish this but all of the associated costs to do this and environmental and safety tests are also an issue. Much like that of building a skyscraper, the higher you go up the more it costs. Safety, difficulty, and time all increase. Each step of improving the process for the battery life helps but also creates more questions.

The above being said, it appears the researchers are hitting the problem from both ends of the spectrum. One from the recharging aspect and one from the performance aspect. A car that can go 300 miles and charge quickly is going to be a hit.

So why did I call this topic Gold Rush? The popular TV show utilizes huge excavators, bull dozers, and other heavy machinery. The diesel fuel they use is insanely expensive. With the daylight hours long to gather solar power and the electric engines they use. Caterpillar has come out with their D7E which is kind of like a hybrid and can move 25% more earth than the non-hybrid counterpart. But battery storage capacity would go an increasingly long way. The guys on the show go through thousands of dollars in fuel per day running their machinery. I have to imagine the same it true across America and the world. If they can do that on heavy machinery then I can imagine the long haul truckers in the USA will soon be next. I just look forward to the day that this happens.