The British defence company, BAE Systems has recently announced they have developed a new battery technology which is capable of storing an electrical charge within the gadget itself. The company have called this a structural battery and it is capable of working with any device that requires electricity, from a car, to a mobile phone.
There are many applications expected for this type of technology as it can reduce both the weight and size of the device. One of these uses, which is particularly appropriate to BAE Systems, is the ability for it to lighten the load of a soldier’s backpack.
The idea behind the technology is that the charge is stored in a specific composite material which can be moulded into 3-D shapes. This material is capable of holding the battery charge required for the device, and this can be moulded to be the shape of the device. So far the technology has been demonstrated by the company in an unmanned aerial vehicle.
The Ministry of Defence has already said that it is interested in British troops utilising this technology and has acknowledged that it will also be useful in non-battlefield applications. It allows electronics to have a much more efficient design