When you write a technology blog like this one, you see many different technologies come and go. Some of them seem like they are always just on the horizon, some don’t gain any traction but every once in a while comes something that really has the potential to change the world.
Check out this video.
The world’s energy problem is not one of generation. We can generate energy all the time, from many sources. I personally think that the world will eventually get all it’s energy from solar. It would allow power generation in practically any location. Solar technology has two problems though. First, it’s price per watt is not low enough yet (but is improving). The second problem is, the sun doesn’t shine at night so you have to store excess power during the day. Right now this means batteries, which aren’t up to the job just yet. This graphine based super capacitor might be just what is required. It’s cheap, charges very quickly and can hold a lot of energy. Add in as a bonus, it is flexible (for wearable electronics) and biodegradable!
So how does this relate to education? Remember, over the last year I have been writing a lot about how economics and education are related closely together. A revolutionary energy storage technology like this changes economics fairly profoundly because it allows much cheaper (and clean) energy production and storage. That allows every other product to become cheaper. As a result, the cost of learning will drop, thus opening it up to more people. It’s an indirect link, but I believe it is there.
I really hope this technology is widely distributed and adopted. This definitely deserves an Awesome!!
Here’s an article about the technology from ReWire.