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Google races to build next-gen battery

15 Apr 2015  | Paul Buckley

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Google is possibly on the road to creating the next-generation battery that will power consumer electronic devices of the future.

The Google X development lab began testing batteries developed for Google products by third parties towards the end of 2012, about the time Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj, Apple's battery expert, joined to head up the Google X research team. Google appears to be pursuing a dual development strategy, which is working towards improving lithium-ion batteries while also seeking to develop new generation solid-state batteries.

The battery expert joined Google to head up a project in the Google X research lab focusing on how to improve batteries on a range of Google devices, which includes solid-state thin-film batteries that transmit through a solid, rather than a liquid.

The love affair with the humble battery is attracting a number of the biggest brands in the global market. Google and its rivals all want to greater control of their own development programmes at strategic sections of their supply chain. The power source is commonly a battery for most mass-market consumer applications.

Google's secretive development programme is known to embrace drones, cars and various hardware that demand more efficient and safer batteries. Although the next generation lithium-ion battery is the first objective to market dominance, a solid-state battery may be a more attractive solution to product designers in the longer term.

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