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Researchers enhance battery electrode specs

11/17/2011 04:57 PM EST
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re: Researchers enhance battery electrode specs
krisi   12/8/2011 10:31:39 PM
Mark, I think you are right, it will take more than 5 years to develop this technology (if it takes off)...researchers by nature are always too optimistic, but so are fact as soon as you say the technology will enter the marketplace in 10 years you are going to loose any interests around you ;-)...the best strategy, used by most people as far as I can tell, is to say 3-5 years, and then in 3 years repeat that statement until you succeed or go belly up...research in material science is particularly difficut and takes much longer than CMOS design (essentially just a new arrangement of rectangulars on a proven silicon platform) or writing an iPhone app...Kris

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MarkFromNJ   11/19/2011 9:53:13 AM
This has a familiar ring to it. Every now and again some well meaning blogger writes an article on the latest big technological "BREAKTHROUGH!" What works in the lab often does not scale, or does not scale in an economically viable way, or the product eventually turns out great, but it takes three decades to make it so. When I can buy a 4G phone that runs a week on a charge, or an affordable electric vehicle with a highway range of 400KM, I will happily admit the foolishness of my point of view. But, certainly in the 3-5 year time frame claimed, I think it's a safe bet that I will need to keep my charger and gas can handy.

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DrQuine   11/17/2011 5:19:13 PM
Extraordinary if this can be deployed in a timely and cost effective manner. Holding more charge per pound and recharging quickly is of tremendous value for any application using batteries including hybrid vehicles and backup power systems. How many charge cycles can the new technology sustain? What is the projected cost?

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