Last Monday at the Think Next symposium in Tel Aviv, Israel, a prototype biological battery was demonstrated which charged a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone from empty to full in under 30 seconds.
Created by an Israeli start-up named StoreDot, the fast charging smartphone battery prototype utilises amino acids or, as you may know them, peptides, in-place of more traditional semiconductors such as silicon, cadmium selenide or zinc sulphide.
A smartphone battery stores energy in structures known as quantum dots, or nanodots, which are made up of semiconductors. Inorganic semiconductors, currently in use, produce randomly structured nanodots which cause the battery to degrade over time and are highly inefficient. Using peptides in the creation of nanodots instead produces more uniform structures which increase the shelf-life of a battery and generates higher efficiency levels.
StoreDot CEO Dr Doron Myersdorf said in an interview with TechCrunch that the technology is still at least three years away from being sold in stores, as the biotech facilities needed to manufacture the product on a large scale do not exist.
Are you excited about this advancement in battery technology, or does it simply sounds too good to be true?