By Hugh Abner
[44 Years and Counting Manufacturing Batteries and Battery Machinery]
There is an article this week in The Economist. I will not debate it here or try to improve on it. I do want you to know about it though because if your life is in our Pb-Acid battery industry then it will be interesting. If you are one of our industry’s scientist then you may want to debate it or you may already be trying to put it to use. All of you can read the article by clicking here.
The sideline interest for me with this article is that we have a humongous industry which has given all of us some decent level of an economic life but we only understood 20% of our batteries energy abilities. Actually we learned the science of it in high school and if we did not put real effort into it then we might not have even obtained the 20% level but let’s assume we did.
Let’s assume that we were 100% on with the classical theory of electro-chemistry and that we have designed Pb-Acid batteries and we even knew the life struggles of all the battery designers which came before us: we still only understood 20% of the story. In fact, if we were restricted in such a way that our batteries could only perform using what we know we know then – it is said – we could not even crank our car.
But our man, Einstein, understood but our particular interest in batteries was of no interest to him. Heck! He was not interested in cars and had zero interest in learning even how to drive one.
Now though, from this little article in The Economist, in its science section, we are introduced to Dr. Pekka Pyykko and a paper he wrote for Physical Review Letters. Dr. Pekka Pyykko is real: I looked it up. In fact he is a heavy weight when it comes to that high level science stuff.
Dr. Pyykko has gone to the trouble to explain the knowledge which explains where the missing 80% of our Pb-Acid batteries energy comes from.
In this day and age it might not be too much of a long shot for some computer assisted future Einstein that really likes automobiles to improve upon our battery or as the article mentions: finds a practical stored energy benefit for some metal heavier than lead.
Look it up and read it. It is short and if true then it might tweak something into becoming a better device for our future.