For the present of course, researchers are discovering how far they can go with this. We know that solar cells can be printed and doing the same with battery tech is an obvious fit. This also suggests that folding can produce larger batteries. Again it is early days for the art itself.
The objective most attractive is to store solar energy without moving it at all. That way we avoid unnecessary movement and storage and the related wastage. Having the energy stored for example on the back of a solar panel is clearly most efficient and convenient.
That is the promise anyway.
I wonder if the ultra capacitor powder can be also printed. This is much more promising and in time it will be more useful if it can be done.
As I described in my article on the reverse engineering of an UFO, several layers needed to be laminated together to produce the necessary working shell. One layer been energy storage made good sense but was not necessary.
We are presently mastering the necessary arts.
Japanese Researchers Seeking to Print Out Li-polymer
Jan 7, 2010 15:57
A Japanese research group developed a lithium polymer battery that can be manufactured by printing technology.
The group is led by
Advanced Materials Innovation Center (AMIC) of Mie Industry and (MIESC), a Japan-based incorporated foundation. Enterprise Support Center
The sheet-shaped battery is expected to be used with a flexible solar battery or display and to be attached to a curved surface. If the battery is integrated with a solar battery formed on a flexible substrate, it is possible to realize a sheet that can be used both as a power generator and a power storage, AMIC said.
Because the battery is made by using printing technology, it can be reduced in thickness, increased in area and laminated. Furthermore, when combined with a roll-to-roll production method, its costs can be reduced, AMIC said.
The lithium polymer battery was developed in a research project participated by MIESC, Toppan Printing Co Ltd, Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co Ltd, Kureha Elastomer Co Ltd, Kinsei Matec Co Ltd, Meisei Chemical Works Ltd, Mie University, Suzuka National College of Technology and Mie Prefecture Industrial Research Institute.
They prototyped two types of batteries. One has an output voltage of about 4V at a room temperature while the other has an output voltage of about 2V. The thickness of the battery is about 500μm, but the battery capacity was not disclosed. Its negative and positive electrodes were formed on a flexible substrate by using printing technology.
This time, the research group used a normal sheet-shaped flexible substrate but employed a printing technology that can be applied to roll-to-roll production, it said. When a roll-to-roll production method is used, the thickness of the flexible substrate can be reduced, enabling to manufacture thin batteries.
The group did not use a printing technology to package polymer electrolyte this time. It did not disclose the details of the polymer electrolyte or the negative or positive electrode materials.
The research project is a three-year project that will end in March 2011. In the final year, the research group plans to improve manufacturing technologies for commercial production, seek appropriate applications of the battery and set numerical targets such as of battery capacity.