Scientists at BAE Systems have successfully demonstrated the most radical method of storing electricity since the invention of batteries over 200 years ago. The technological breakthrough, called ?structural batteries? may lead to a redesign of all electrical technology and could provide a crucial advantage to soldiers on the frontline.
BAE Systems developed the patented technology to lighten the load of soldiers carrying rucksacks, which can weigh up to 76kg and be filled with numerous electrical items. The structural batteries store the electrical energy within the physical structure of a device and thus helping to reduce or eliminate the need for traditional batteries, which create weight and bulk, as well as the burden and cost of carrying spares.
The potential scope for this technology is limitless, while the benefits for the defense sector have already been demonstrated in a high tech micro unmanned air vehicle, as well as a rudimentary torch.