Bulky and heavy batteries are becoming the history. Now, a new nanotechnology battery is revolutionizing the ultra portable electronics. It is thinner than a millimeter, lighter than a gram, and it can be produced cost-effectively through printing process.

Printed electronic components have been popular in recent years, and there are now industrial-scale printing machines that can efficiently deposit a variety of flexible electronic components onto flexible substrates to create wearable sensors, displays, RFID labels, etc. In similar way, now Thin-Film Printed Battery is invented.

Flexible Printed Battery (Courtesy: Fraunhofer ENAS)

Flexible Printed Battery (Courtesy: Fraunhofer ENAS)

This revolutionary cutting-edge printed battery is a joint innovative development of the department Printed Functionalities of Fraunhofer Research Institution for Electronic Nano Systems (ENAS), and the Digital Printing Group of the Chemnitz University of Technology (TUC).

This paper-thin printed battery can be produced cost-effectively on large scale using a silk-screen printing method.

The battery is based on a zinc manganese (Zn MnO2) system, and contains no mercury (hazardous to environment). So, this batter is environmental friendly. These batteries can be produced for multiple of 1.5V, ie., 3V, 4.5V, 6V, etc.

Features of Printed Batteries:

  • Low Thickness (less than 1 millimeter)
  • Low weight (less than 1 gram)
  • High Flexibility
  • Low cost
  • Small size and High layout Variability
  • Environmentally good
  • High safety

Reference: http://www.enas.fraunhofer.de/fhg/Images/datasheet_500_pf_bat_tcm438-141336.pdf