Anyone who has owned a cell phone understands how much of a drag a cell phone battery can be. A dead battery can ruin your day and potentially disrupt your productivity. We try our best to keep our phones charged, but there are unexpected moments when they decide to give out on us. Today, especially with energy draining touch-screens and addictive mobile apps, cell phones tend to deplete much quicker than they have in the past. HTC Thunderbolt and HTC Droid Incredible 2 owners are quite familiar with this type of issue. Both HTC models are notorious for their poor battery life, lasting around 4 hours, depending on phone usage. There have been solutions produced, such as extended cell phone batteries, but they can only go so far.
A Japanese engineering company, Sumitomo Electric Industries, has announced that they have developed a porous Aluminum-Celmet that is made from nickel/nickel-chrome. The material has 98% porosity, much higher than other metals and can be shaped and produced easily. The high porosity rate and corrosion resistance will allow for a higher electrical capacity that can be used to produce high charged rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Current Celmet is not able to maintain high chargers. The company is currently working to make aluminum-celmet technology suitable for commercial uses
Energy efficiency is an issue we will continue to live with as long as we rely on power. With this new battery technology, consumers can look forward to more efficiently powered devices and maybe even more. For now, we’ll have to settle with bringing along a cell phone charger with us. We just hope the major phone manufacturers aren’t already working on more battery depleting devices before we can get our hands on an aluminum-celmet battery.