Intel, Startup Codevelop Advanced Battery Tech
Intel Corp. has signed a collaborative partnership to develop batteries based upon zinc oxide, the first examples of which will be demonstrated this fall.Intel Corp. has signed a collaborative partnership to develop batteries based upon zinc oxide, the first examples of which will be demonstrated this fall. Startup Zinc Matrix Power has already developed prototypes of the technology, which will be shown off at the Intel Developer Forum this September in San Francisco. Production will begin in 2006, ZMP executives said. A number of technologies are vying to replace the current lithium-ion batteries found in laptops, as well as the alkaline batteries and nickel-metal hydride rechargeables used by portable electronics devices. Among those are variations on
According to Skip Zeiler, president and chief executive of Santa Barberas ZMP, a typical lithium-ion battery inside of a laptop generates about 275 to 285 watt-hours per liter of material. The company has demonstrated a zinc-oxide matrix that about doubles that efficiency, Zeiler said. In the lab, ZMP has designed zinc-oxide compounds with 600W-h capacities. Intel and ZCP will work together to develop the technology further, he said.