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Sell em by the gallon.

"Energizer bunny arrested. Charged with battery."
Edited by Singular1ty - 5/20/11 at 1:10pm
    
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that's an awesome idea. i hope they are able to come up with some measurable results so we have have a few benchmarks to ogle.
    
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there hasnt been battery technology leaps in awhile. It has to happen sometime though.
I don't mean like green tech either, I mean just longer lasting in devices.
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I've seen that documentary T2: Judgement Day (which is prophetic) and thus I'll be boycotting such technology. the last thing I need is for my industrial battery to start killing my employees, imagine the profit loss!
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Inb4explodingterminatorbatteryjokes
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Inb4explodingterminatorbatteryjokes
Are you serious? Did you see the post right before yours from an hour ago?

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I've seen that documentary T2: Judgement Day (which is prophetic) and thus I'll be boycotting such technology. the last thing I need is for my industrial battery to start killing my employees, imagine the profit loss!
    
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Are you serious? Did you see the post right before yours from an hour ago?
I was referring to terminator 3, where the T800 cut zhe battery out of his chest an trough it out the window.
Edited by Scorpion87 - 5/20/11 at 4:30pm
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Are you serious? Did you see the post right before yours from an hour ago?
He just read the title and posted, who needs to read comments...
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This is really old technology. Some prototype vehicles have already been made (and are in use) with molten battery tech. Which begs the question: why isn't it more prolific?

I can't imagine a storage unit like this being energetically viable on any scale beyond demonstrating a functioning prototype. I don't doubt it would work in theory, but to just keep something the size/scale of the mock-up for the prototype at 400-700 degrees Celsius would take a lot of energy/power, and I can't see the battery sustaining its temperature without a significant amount of draw which would still offset the capabilities of conventional storage media. Also, they discuss how this is much more scalable than conventional batteries--again, from a design standpoint I don't doubt that, but from a functioning standpoint, the amount of energy it would take to sustain this would increase exponentially with an increase in size (volume).
The idea is it is self-heating. Hence being news.

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Also, this is sufficiently vague:


Since a basement freezer really isn't that much bigger than a "shipping container" (and depending on the size of a shipping container, the freezer could be much smaller), I don't see the relevance of this statement.
You really have no clue what you just said do you?

let me make this clear for you:

For batteries big enough to power sections of the national power grid

For batteries big enough to just power your house alone

So now that we realize that shipping containers are not only LARGER (not smaller) than refrigerators, but also by a SIGNIFICANT degree, do things make more sense?

Hint, these are not for your laptops, cars, vibrators...
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