i have been posting here about batteries and the nanotechnology that is driving the improvements in battery technology. I have mentioned a few times about the tools that have been developed to work with nano technology that drives battery development.
This is awesome. But batteries are no longer the next big thing. The best I can tell, a modern li-ion battery factory is about 1.25 billion. Mercedes has six on the drawing board, Toyota has one and Tesla has several about to be in production. Tesla has about 2.5 percent of the U.S. automotive market and maybe 5 battery factories. Of course Tesla sources some of its batteries from Panasonic and CATL so the numbers are not exact, but a WAG is that the world needs about 200 battery factories to produce enough batteries to switch to all EV production. So roughly a 250 billion dollar investment over 10 years. While bankers and politicians can wipe out ten times that amount with stupid choices, 250 in investments is a big deal and it is the big thing. (5 years may be possible as the engineering is done, so it is a matter of permitting and building)
So . . . What is the next big thing?
Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light have reported on a device that could replace a roomful of equipment to link photons in a bizarre quantum effect called entanglement. This device – a kind of nano-engineered material called a metasurface – paves the way for entangling photons in complex ways that have not been possible with compact technologies.
“It is quite complicated and kind of intractable when this multi-entanglement needs more than two or three pairs,” Brener said. “These nonlinear metasurfaces essentially achieve this task in one sample when before it would have required incredibly complex optical setups.”
The following quote is what me think of the batteries. The tools that were developed to see and manipulate the inside of cathodes and anodes, particularly in the search for the solution to the dendrite problem.
“The work was challenging as it required precise nanofabrication technology to obtain the sharp, narrowband optical resonances that seeds the quantum process of the work,” said Sylvain Gennaro, a former postdoctoral researcher at Sandia who worked on several aspects of the project.
It seems that a meta surface like this will open up a lot of avenues in quantum science.
Researchers have made significant progress towards making quantum batteries a reality after demonstrating a new proof-of-concept device.
The next-generation battery technology has the potential to revolutionise energy storage by making use of a phenomenon known as superabsorption.
This process involves a quantum mechanical principle relating to a molecule’s ability to absorb light, requiring less charging time the more they become entwined.
While the above news release may be hype based on “quantum” and “meta” it does indicate that there is research in this direction. However, even if the new meta material can enhance the production of quantum batteries that would only be a small facet of the new world that the science would usher it.
In my opinion, all previous advances in the various lines of invention will appear totally insignificant when compared with those which the present century will witness. I almost wish that I might live my life over again to see the wonders which are at the threshold.
Charles Holland Duell
If there we anything to keep me on this planet for more than a minute past my allotted time, it would be this sentiment.