With all the hype about the world coming to an end in 2012, tree huggers and environmentalists (two completely different creatures) have been joined in their fight to save the planet by governments, media personalities, and just your average Joe. Nobody knows how the world will end yet, but if it planned on going out because of non-green living…well we've nipped that horse in the proverbial bud. Because of our forethought, we've managed to come up with some pretty interesting energy saving devices in the last decade. Many of these gadgets have taken the ideas behind solar, water, air, and electric energy and have simply upgraded on them.
Here's a look at the lifespan of your average battery:
1. Mass produced by the billions and stuffed in a tiny box with several comrades.
2. Shipped to the nearest store/gas station and put up on shelves for people to judge and gawk over.
3. Finally chosen by a likely looking owner, after which it is ripped from its packet and inserted into various electronics until all the life is sucked from its body two hours later (time which decreases of increases depending on which company implemented step one).
Batteries have been in the last decades a necessity in our lives but now that city life cannot be imagined without portable devices they are even more important. Battery technology, influenced by the worldwide environmental phenomenon, is one of the fields that scientists are most concerned with.
We use lithium batteries daily and for many of us they are indispensable, but what about their impact on the environment?
Lithium batteries fit into two broad categories, old-style lithium batteries which are non-rechargeable, and the nowadays popular rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
August 30, 2012
With more homeowners jumping on the green energy bandwagon in Europe, with many of them feeding their excess power back into the energy grid, some governments are reducing the amount they pay for that excess energy. Initially the feed-in tariff (FIT) was developed to provide an incentive for homeowners to use more solar power to help protect the environment.
The word of the day is Green. For the purposes of this article, we aren’t talking about the color but the concept. Green living entails living in such a way that you don’t harm the environment, or at least living in such a way that the harm you do cause is minimal (assuming that you just can’t help yourself). Green living isn’t just a new fad, but a growing way of life and companies are finally starting to understand that fact to the point where they’re revamping their products to fit the newest status quo.
A project that began in 2007 at Stanford University with a goal to build a better battery now shows some promising results. Researchers from the renowned American university have been working hard in the last couple of years to create a lithium-sulfur battery which is expected to be the successor to the currently indispensable lithium-ion battery.
First off, there are many who believe that battery technology hasn't really advanced that far over the past half decade or so. In that regard they'd be right. Not taking into account some very neat exceptions, batter power has continued to be created in ways that promote a non-green lifestyle. But let's take a look at some of the exceptions that were brought up earlier. Believe it or not, ecology and batteries actually have a lot to do with one another. For those who still remember what they learned in high school, ecology is the scientific study of living organisms. So how can ecology and pollution generating old batteries be connected in any way?
Potatoes have long been one of the most useful vegetables and one of the world's cheapest sources of food. We love potatoes in all of their forms: chips, fries, mashed, roasted, baked, made into batteries. Wait a minute, batteries? Surprisingly, some scientists believe the ever popular spud could provide us with a terrific eco-friendly battery. These researchers believe that treated potatoes could be the basis for a solid organic electric battery that will provide a cheap answer to the power needs of many people on our planet.
A battery with unlimited shelf life is a dream that will never die out. Unless of course, someone actually makes the dream come true. While currently there are no unlimited batteries on the shelves, there are a number of ways to keep your current batteries going strong until a breakthrough is made on the whole battery-with-eternal-life thing.