Future microbatteries could help tiny robots tackle space and time
- Researchers use the same architecture of a Tesla car's battery- but on a micro-scale.
- Developing high-performance sub-millimeter microbatteries combines two fields not previously thought to be feasible.
- The novel microbatteries could be used to power applications such as microbots without time restraints.
From the crude stacked cells of copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) discs separated by cloth soaked in salty water in the 1800s, batteries have come a long way since then.
Now powering what is classed as some of the earliest applications of the 'Internet of Things' (IoT), such as fitness bands and smartwatches, the pressure is on 'microbatteries' to be smaller and more ubiquitous for our everyday mobile lives.
Better yet, the future of microbattery technology looks encouraging. In fact, the global microbatteries market is projected to rise to the US $1191.7 million by 2026, growing at an estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 37 percent between 2021 and 2026.