Thursday, 17 October 2013

Imagining electricity breakthroughs

Breakthroughs that would change the way the world uses power. Orders of magnitude advances in battery capacity, charging time, power generation and consumption efficiency. If our houses used 10% of today's power, and that power cost 10% as much to generate, you'd be paying less than a dollar per year for all your electricity. Or we'd use 10 times as many appliances, because we could, and that would still cost less than $10 per year.

An order of magnitude advance in battery power and electronics efficiency would mean that your phone could go for about three months on a single charge while still doing everything you do today, and when you do need to charge it up, it would take about a minute. Imagine only needing to charge your phone four times a year, for one minute each time. I expect a lot of new possibilities for mobile computing might open up. We might have more of them or use them in more situations.

Mokalus of Borg

PS - With that level of power storage and use, maybe we wouldn't even have big central power stations any more.
PPS - It might become much more local.

No comments: