Technology of the future is hard to see coming – sometimes because you can’t see it.
Advances in nanotechnology are the driving force behind longer lasting Lithium-ion batteries.
Currently, Lithium-ion batteries are used to power every-day technologies like cell phones, computers, cameras and cars. Their energy source is a carbon-based graphite anode, which is nothing short of polarizing. Battery life has always been a major concern with Li-ion batteries.
The solution is the most abundant compound in the earth’s crust: SiO2, – or – more commonly – sand. The next generation of battery technology is using sand as a source for the production of nano-silicon, an anode material for Li-ion batteries.