A new "ice templating" technique allows formation of a solid, ceramic-based, polymer lithium electrolyte for batteries with straight channels for improved conductivity, energy density, and flexibility.
Energy sources that propel ships and boats are going through revolutionary changes that are just as extreme as going from wind to steam power.
It is possible that “solid-state transformers” could reduce the size and weight of power distribution systems, but we’re not quite there yet.
Large-scale adoption of wearable devices will depend on availability of two important technologies: improved batteries and higher density transistor circuits. These two technologies have been made possible by semiconductor lithography.