So it appears the small size and flexibility of the lithium polymer batteries is what's driving the medical imaging sector to adopt this technology. There does seem to be a lot of tradeoffs and disadvantages as you outline in this piece. Is small size such a compelling reason that it trumps some of the potential pitfalls?
I don't think that the batteries absorb radiation, since that would undoubtedly have an impact on their functioning. So there would be no reason for them to be considered as radioactive. Please know the facts before embracing more fears.
Beth, it does appear that the form factor is the main benefit of the flexible flat batteries, certainly not cost. But sometimes it does happen that engineering decisions are made based on something other than initial price. After all, not all products will be sold at WalMart. Sometimes quality or durability may trump purchase price. Really, it does happen.
Engineers at Fuel Cell Energy have found a way to take advantage of a side reaction, unique to their carbonate fuel cell that has nothing to do with energy production, as a potential, cost-effective solution to capturing carbon from fossil fuel power plants.
To get to a trillion sensors in the IoT that we all look forward to, there are many challenges to commercialization that still remain, including interoperability, the lack of standards, and the issue of security, to name a few.
This is part one of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric car (eCar) and combustible car (cCar). Stay tuned for part two, tomorrow, which will discuss the four unique PCBs used in both the eCar and cCars.
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