According to the Wall Street Journal, StoreDot Ltd., a Tel-Aviv-based start-up, has developed a process that allows smartphones to fully charge their batteries in 30 seconds.
StoreDot has been developing biological semiconductors, made from naturally occurring organic compounds called peptides, or short chains of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. The technology can be used, among other things, to speed charging times, the company says.
The prototype charger is currently the size of a laptop charger, but the company says it has a parallel engineering effort aimed at reducing its size. The estimated cost will be twice that of an average phone charger, which is up to $30. StoreDot says commercial production in planned for late 2016.
From TechCrunch's article:
The big challenge for StoreDot is getting an industry thats used to building electronics one way to switch to something new and different, says Myersdorf even though that alternative may ultimately be cheaper and less toxic than existing manufacturing materials and processes.
The only disadvantage is that the industry is not ready for it. The ecosystem is not ready, he says. This is a new type of material, with new physics, new chemistry, that is actually coming from nature... Everything we do we try to imitate and to follow and to let nature take its course. To create these nano-crystals we dont need a huge fabrication facility. We mix some basic elements like hydrogen, nitrogen, helium.
Myersdorf said StoreDot is therefore considering building its own facility to produce its bio-organic smartphone batteries, as a way to speed up their entry to market.
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