CBC News: B.C. university, companies collaborating to develop next-generation battery

Batteries. They’re an inescapable fact of life in today’s tech-driven society.

From cellphones to remote controls to cameras and a million other uses, batteries, in an ever-growing range of shapes and sizes, are everywhere.

Enter researchers at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, who are collaborating with B.C. companies in researching a new battery; one that will be smaller and more powerful than anything currently available.

An assistant professor at UBCO’s engineering department says the rapid expansion of portable electronics and the evolution of electric vehicles is driving a global demand for smaller but more powerful battery technology.

“Improvements are necessary thanks to many other emerging devices such as medical implants, wireless sensors and radio-frequency identification,” said Jian Liu.

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