Advanced Batteries Seen As Spur to US Economy

Cleantech tracked $94 million in advanced-battery investments in the previous quarter.

Published: 19-Jun-2009

If you’ve ever felt the frustration of trying to send an e-mail, make a call, or snap a photo only to realize that your laptop, cellphone, or camera has gone dead, you understand the need for better batteries. But while there’s no question that batteries are important, they’re rarely described as “exciting.”

Lowly, hardworking batteries have routinely received little or no attention, while the devices they power grab the spotlight.

“When somebody sees a Bentley, they don’t say, ‘Oh my God, that’s got a good battery inside,’ ” says Brian Fan, senior director of research at the Cleantech Group headquartered in San Francisco, which tracks venture-capital investments in North America, Europe, Israel, China, and India.


Think wants to gear up to produce 10,000 cars a year in 2009 with EnerDel supplying the batteries.

Mikado 600 3D helicopter is agile and fast, and can go 100 miles per hour in a straight horizontal line, and 50 miles per hour in a vertical line. Its LiPo battery pack costs $400.

The development and configuration of the new energy storage module is expected to be finished by mid-2010. Picture is prototype lithium polymer pouch.


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