Misleading headline. Scientists have not really announced a battery. They just described a chemical process with some potential for a cheap organic battery if some hurdles can be overcome in some distant or unknown future.
When I hear cheap organic battery I think Lemon battery. Lemon trees grow OK in the silicon valley (Not as well as 400 miles further south.) So there should be a good source of lemons.
The problem with batteries and fuel cells is not the active chemicals, it is the case and insulators. Researcher need to find a good insulator which can pass electrons without catastrophic failure due to the reactions breaking the system down.
Designing a good battery that does not leak, would be an advantage too.
Every child should at some point construct a lemon battery. It was a fabulous learning experience for my kids, and a fun way for me to help them learn a little bit of basic circuit theory and electrochemistry.
I was looking for a catch in this technology as this might be it: production scalability and market feasibility. Ofcourse i donot want to carry a chemical bomb in my pocket nor do i want to carry an extra bag just to carry my battery.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.