Google’s X lab is developing better batteries that last longer, according to The Wall Street Journal. This particular initiative apparently began back in 2012, when Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj started testing Google devices’ power sources. Now, his four-man team is hard at work within the company’s semi-secret facility, trying to advance lithium-ion technology. They’re also attempting to conjure up solid-state battery tech that’s financially feasible to mass produce for consumer products.

Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj has told industry executives that Google has at least 20 battery-dependent projects.As Google’s latest self driving car run on batteries recharged by electricity.

Lior Susan, head of hardware strategy at venture-capital firm Formation 8 said :

“Google wants to control more of their own destiny in various places along the hardware supply chain”

“Their moves into drones, cars and other hardware all require better batteries.”

Its not only google who is working on long lasting battery , Other company’s including Tesla Motors is working on battery that can power up your home and other big company’s like Apple and international Business Machines Corp are working on the same.

You’re likely familiar with lithium-ion, as it’s frequently used in electronics, so let’s talk about solid-state batteries. These are smaller than typical batteries, because they transmit currents across solids rather than liquids. The absence of flammable liquid electrolytes also means they’re safer, which is why Dr. Bhardwaj’s team plans to develop the tech for Glass and even for X lab’s smart contact lenses. It will enable Glass to play more videos on a single charge and allow future smart lens owners to wear them for extended periods of time.

Dr. Bhardwaj’s group, Google reportedly has other teams working to create more efficient batteries with AllCell Technologies LLC for Project Loon and three more hardware programs. At the moment, the internet balloons are using lithium-ion power packs covered in wax and graphite for protection against cold temperatures.

But WSJ says the company’s testing specially formulated materials that can withstand the cold better.

If the report is true, then Google joins a growing list of big-name tech corporations looking to improve battery tech .


via : The Wall Street Journal