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Battery science taking quantum leap

"With little costs, risk and time to market, the process will bring immediate product payoff across every industry from LED displays to lithium ion batteries," says Dr. Jurgen Hofler, vice president of engineering and operations at Nanosys, which developed the process. And Hofler stressed how important this can be with the coming of new all-electric vehicles and the problems of limited range with current battery capacity.

Dr. Hofler revealed this breakthrough, long awaited in the electricity storage industry, in an exclusive report by phone from his office on the ScienceNews Radio Network program, the Promise of Tomorrow with Colonel Mason. The weekly broadcast originates in Dallas, Texas, and has gained a reputation for breaking technology news often months before it reaches general press circulation. Details on this story can now be heard archived at the website for a world audience.

The lithium ion battery market is expected to be greater than $70 billion per year by 2020. Nanosys customers are existing battery firms who already have manufacturing processes and product lines, but in the interview Hofler would not say which supplier(s) will be marketing these new batteries. Word on the battery process has been closely held by Nanosys until now, and it is expected the formal announcement will not be made until early next spring when the manufacture(s) will be in place.

Also on the program, Tom Beckwith, CEO of Beckwith Electric gave a preview of his exhibit as a main attraction next Monday when the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) unveils its world energy conference, styled Innovative Technologies for an Efficient and Reliable Electricity Supply, at a hotel in Boston September 27 - 29. The public is welcome to attend by registering at the website. Beckwith's technology is in controls for electricity delivery being widely adopted by power companies as significant energy savers.

In the second half of the program Peter Ruben, chairman of May-Ruben Technologies, tells how his firm is developing the process for a revolutionary thermally driven refrigeration cycle, harvesting energy directly from waste heat without first converting to electricity. Ruben's report on the broadcast was a preview of a more detailed presentation he will make at the IEEE energy conference.