Technology is changing our lives in a million subtle ways. Nowadays, you can order a pizza on your smartphone while listening to endless music on Spotify from the comfort of your hybrid gas-electric car. When you get home, that pizza is waiting for you. This scenario would have been impossible even five years ago.
The same battery technology that made that scenario possible will transform our lives in even more dramatic ways as lithium-ion batteries continue to become more powerful. The future is battery-powered.
So, what will this battery-powered future look like?
Plug in your car at the charging station in your garage.
The current average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States is $3.50. Chances are, prices will only go up over time. In the near future, you may drive an electric car (think Tesla Roadster or Nissan Leaf). Instead of pumping your tank full of expensive gasoline, you will plug your car into a charging station at night. Oh, and electric vehicles have zero emissions, so you’ll be making the air a little cleaner too.
Photograph your family with your battery-powered drone.
In the future you might own a flying robot. How cool is that? Camera-mounted flying drones are becoming increasingly more common. When you go to a football game, you could see a drone flying around taking panoramic video that would’ve been impossible even a short while ago.
Wait for days, or even weeks, to plug in your laptop.
Lithium-ion battery technology is advancing at a rapid pace. Smaller batteries can now store more energy, and future batteries will be able to store still more. Soon,you may be able to go for days or even weeks without needing to plug in your smartphone, laptop, and other battery-powered devices.
Unplug from your utility company.
Nobody likes paying bills. Wouldn’t it be great if you had one bill fewer to pay? Like, say, your electric bill? As battery technology improves, your future home could be powered without a connection to the traditional power grid. With photovoltaic panels, you can charge batteries that will power everything in your house, or you can purchase pre-charged batteries from a third party.
As you can see, the future will be more efficient, more portable, and more fun. These advances in battery technology aren’t works of science fiction, either. When it comes to batteries, the future is already happening.