The concept of utilizing a virus structure to enhance a power generation function is one more example of taking a hint from nature and copying it. Now it may inspire other researchers to see how they can use a version of a natural process to acomplish some new function.
It will be interesting to see if it can be scaled up to commercial production levels.
Thanks for the word-choice feedback, although tabloid reporting was the furthest thing from my mind! But as always, I will keep any and all constructive criticism from readers in mind when writing my next story. I hope the word choice folks seemed to disagree with did not keep people from absorbing the gist of the story and reading about the technology it covers.
@armorris. Those are some very important questions that you have presented, and they point out the importance of considering secondary effects of an activity, as well as effects further of than that. I certainly hope that those new industrial viruses are not dangerous or hostile, since we certainly don't need any problems like that.
Yikes! Two to three times the energy of lithium-air would be a prodigious figure. No one really has a handle on the real world specific energy of lithium-air (as far as I know), but the theoretical figure is about 11,000 Wh/kg, according to Wikipedia. Two to 3X would be a amazing.
Thanks for a very interesting post about what does look like a very useful development. But "leverages"?
I agree that the sentence is not the best, and the use of "leveraging" instead of a more accurate description has become very boring, in my evaluation.
A better description could have been " a new battery technology using viruses and building on the nanowires breakthrough", which is a much more accurate description and sounds more technically literate.
Not trying to be nasty or anything like that, but as a publication that represents itself to be quite smart, it is better to not copy the word usage of thosetabloid reporters who follow every daily fad.
"a new bio-battery leveraging viruses that has two to three times..."
You would never get that sentence past your high school English teacher. There are better ways of putting ideas into clear English.
Why is every innovation in battery technology advertised as the next best thing for EVs? The article suggests going from batteries 2-3 centimeters in size to multi-KW EV applications. Why not aim for phones or laptop computers as targets of opportunity on the way?
Very clever to use organic entities to help with the fabrication of these battery components and to improve efficiency. I would imagine the next step will be to genetically modify the viruses to 'program' them to create specific battery substructure shapes to further improve electrical performance.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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