Friday, April 12, 2013

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For more than 154 years, the lead-acid battery has been the cornerstone source of power for the automobile industry.

Recently environmental concerns regarding the Lithium-Ion Battery used in computers has prompted a team of Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius engineers to begin R/D on a new cutting edge battery
Energy Power Systems has put forth an effort to design a new battery based on a wide range of demands from computers to electric cars.

Unfortunately, overheating of the current Lithium-Ion battery has even grounded so super 787 aircraft until the problem is fixed.
For over 10 years,  physicists have conducted  research to design a new battery to date without success. Some believe that a new battery will not be rolled out for another 10 years.

Clean Technology advocates had hoped that battery size reduction would maintain pace with technology but to their dismay,  chemistry has not outpaced technology. 

Nevertheless, recent technology has improved gas mileage in lieu of new EPA laws. Battery designers including Boeing, Tesla Motors Co and General Motors Co remain committed to the creation of a new state-of-the-art battery.Some companies like Toyota don't believe that Lithium-Ion batteries will carry the industry to where it needs to be and are exploring alternative battery chemistry theories for the lead-acid battery. Can you imagine billions of dollars invested in battery manufactures throughout the country are just sitting idle due to the uncertain future of the Lithium-Ion battery.

Case in point, GM continues to hail its Volt battery although designers say that it is composed of 600 seals which must maintain integrity to avoid catastrophic failure.  Some start up companies like Jukso after spending $6 million went bankrupt failing to solve heating problems within the battery resulting in fires that were hard to extinguish.  Since then airlines industry Airbus has dropped the Lithium battery altogether.

A former employee of Boe now working for East Penn Man. Co believes that advanced lead-acid batteries may be the hope of the future for consumers like electric cars and jets.

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