If you have a pen and paper ready, write down the name of 18-year-old student Eesha Khare from Saratoga, California who will certainly be a name to remember for the future. This young lady has been awarded a $50,000 runner-up prize in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, after designing what could become a revolutionary charging system.
The student has taken on where many scientists have faltered to create a super capacitor which can effectively charge a mobile phone in about 30 seconds. This relatively low-key discovery will be plastered all over the Internet in the days, weeks and months ahead, and many believe it is literally groundbreaking and game changing.
Adapting for the future
This super capacitor material has undergone a number of tests which have proved to be very encouraging and very positive. Indeed, the lady herself has also confirmed that Google has been in contact about potentially taking her on board the "Google team", as the company is well known to have ambitions in the field of telecommunications and electric vehicles.
Quote from ElectricForum.com : "Israeli company Phinergy is today taking centre stage within the electric vehicle market amid rumours of a breakthrough in the battery sector. Traditional lithium ion batteries seem to have been pushed to the limit by battery manufacturers to date although developments in the aluminium–air battery arena could give electric vehicles a journey span of 1000 miles. So what next?"
Even though there is momentum gathering in the electric car market there is no doubt that many consumers, rightly or wrongly, have grave concerns about battery capacity and journey capacity. If this new superconducting material can be adapted to charge electric vehicles in a "superfast time" it will literally be a game changer, and ultimately, charging your batteries in the future could be as quick as filling up your tank with gasoline.
So many different uses
This superconductor has so many different uses where recharging facilities and battery power is required. From telephones, to electric vehicles, from hand-held tools, to laptops, these are the kind of findings which can literally change the market overnight. Multinational companies will now be looking at building and developing this superconductor and you can guarantee that the approach from Google will not be the only overture from the corporate market.
Eesha Khare already has plans for further products in the future and the $50,000 runners-up award will certainly help with that. However, after this superconductor discovery we can guarantee she will not be short of potential investors and funding arrangements!
Is electric car battery power coming together?
Over the years we have seen rumours and counter rumours regarding new battery power related to the electric car market. IBM is rumoured to be on the verge of announcing a lithium air battery and a number of other companies are looking at similar revolutionary ideas. However, if this superconductor can be extended to take in a variety of different activities, such as charging electric vehicles, this could be the kickstart the industry needs.
It will also speed up the research and development operations of many leading battery companies and we can expect to see major announcements in the short term.
We may look back on this discovery by Eesha Khare as a game changer for the mobile telecom, laptop and even electric vehicle markets. The ability to fully charge a mobile phone in just 30 seconds should fairly easily be extended to electric car batteries therefore cutting down charging times which can sometimes be in excess of four or five hours.
Watch this space, and watch out for this name, Eesha Khare!