This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.
New Energy Technologies to Yield Longer Run Times for Laptops
If you're reading this on a laptop computer, you're part of a growing trend, and companies that work on energy-related devices are working on ways to let you spend more time on your laptop without having to find a power outlet. The market for laptop batteries is currently over a billion dollars a year and is expected to reach $1.8 billion by 2008, according to Business Communications Company, Inc. (BCC). The market research company anticipates a declining role for nickel-metal-hydride batteries and a rapidly growing market for lithium-ion batteries. But new technologies may upset that forecast: A company called Zinc Matrix Power, Inc. is working with Intel Corporation to develop a polymer-based rechargeable alkaline battery that could extend laptop run times to up to 10 hours. Micro fuel cells are also expected to enter the competition, and ABI Research predicts they will power 13.5 percent of the world's laptops by 2012. See the press releases from BCC, Zinc Matrix Power, and ABI.