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20 June 2013
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Almost 1.5 billion people across the world do not have access to reliable sources of electricity which affects environment as well as their standards of living and ultimately health. Discover the problems, possibilities and future ahead with the mining of renewable sources of energy being in harmony with nature in the Techvedic spotlight.

Recently, after attending a brainstorming workshop targeted towards the upcoming G8 Summit based on energy conservation and the scope of renewable energy, Stefan Weitz, a Senior Director of Search at Microsoft, has investigated the area of power consumption. According to him, the basic problem behind this is the unavailability of appropriate energy production and conservation model. The only solution of this annoying problem is to use better technology in one key area known as battery. Nowadays, usage of stored power has become very less and thus the fundamentals of battery technology are not able to meet up the demands of portable PCs, tablets, phones and sensors.

It would be annoying to see the phone battery exhausted just before you were about to capture a rare moment. Thus, the use of better battery technology can enhance the opulence of power at electrical grid by making the most of abundant solar, wind, geothermal, wave and biofuel sources.

Development of liquid-metal battery from inexpensive and earth-abundant materials is on the way, thanks to the Graphene-related research, and 88 Acres programme, both sponsored by Microsoft. The battery would have enough power to support large scale industries, this is what experts believe. Apart for traditional batteries that contain solid parts, this battery is composed of liquid which exactly melt together under the high temperature generated by charging and discharging of the batteries. Consequently, we get a battery with higher power density.

For powering electric cars and tablets, the use of graphene is taking place. Graphene is basically a one atom thick piece of carbon. It brings amazing result when combined with silicone nanoparticles. SiNode Systems are able to store 10 times higher power than a standard lithium-ion battery can store. Therefore, it makes charging 10 times faster.

Intel, the chip giant is also trying to give a breakthrough to this; recently developed next-generation chips known as Haswell boasts to be the least demanding on power front, hence, is likely to capture the attention of OEMs.

Unquestionably, the implementation would bring great relief to those 1.5 billion people. However, mere anticipation would not serve the cause. So let’s wait and watch.

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