A battery that uses a specialÂ nanotechnologyÂ to charge your smartphone just in half a minute may sound like something unreal but an Israeli startup claims that they managed to turn dreams into reality.
StoreDot unveiled its battery charging prototype Monday at Microsoft’sÂ Think Next conferenceÂ in Tel Aviv.
The Israeli company insists that their creation is capable of charging a smartphone battery from 0%-100% in just 30 seconds. The new technology is based on bio-organicÂ nanodots, tiny conductive crystals that help enable rapid charging.
At the moment the size of the device is closer to that of a laptop charger than a smartphone charger, but the company promises to produce the final product will be about the size of a typical smartphone battery.
The charger is still a prototype, which means it will be some time before it is commercially available.Â The Wall Street JournalÂ reportsÂ the company hopes to begin production in “late 2016.”
â€śWe are about one year from a functional prototype that will be inside the device,â€ť StoreDotâ€™s CEO and founder Dr Doron Myersdorf told reporters. â€śRight now we show a battery that extends beyond the form factor of the smartphone. So in one year weâ€™ll have reached the size, and in two years weâ€™ll reach the required energy density for the entire day.”
â€śSo we are talking about three years for a commercial ready device. So I assume it will be three years before you can actually purchase it on the market,” he added.
StoreDot isÂ showing off the batteryÂ demo at the Think Next symposium taking place in Tel Aviv today.
Actually, the incredible nanotechnology was spun out of research being done intoÂ Alzheimerâ€™s disease atÂ Tel Aviv University. That workÂ identified the peptides (amino acids) that are now being put to workÂ in StoreDotâ€™s bio-organic battery.
â€śWhen the self-assembly process of these molecules can be managed, we can create nano-crystals,â€ť saysÂ Myersdorf, discussing how the technology works.Â â€śWe were able to take the same peptides that participate in biological processes in our body and to create nano-crystals â€” these are stable, robust spheres.
â€śThe diameter of these sphere is 2.1 nanometer. Very, very tiny. And these can be used, because they have special properties and they are robust, in a semi-conductor device or in a battery or in a display.Â We are talking about new type of materials that can be introduced into different types of devices.â€ť
â€śWeâ€™ve demonstrated an iPhone display that the active material which emits light is a bio-organic material that is created by our compounds. This will be the first ever bio-organic display,â€ť saysÂ Myersdorf.
â€śWe already demonstrated all the coloursâ€¦ we can bring the entire RGB spectrum for the display so now itâ€™s allÂ a matter of being able to reachÂ the lifetime and the efficiency similar to cadmium.â€ť
â€śThe only disadvantage is that the industry is not ready for it. The ecosystem is not ready,â€ť he says.
â€śThis is a new type of material, with new physics, new chemistry, that is actually coming from natureâ€¦ Everything we do we try to imitate and to follow and to let nature take its course. To create these nano-crystals we donâ€™t need a huge fabrication facility. We mix some basic elements â€” like hydrogen, nitrogen, helium.â€ť