Energy Storage for Robotics

The basic design of battery cells has undergone relatively few changes since the late 1800’s, despite the dramatic advances in chemistry and material processing. Emerging energy storage applications are placing increased demands on the mechanical, thermal, and chemical properties of batteries, in addition to requiring improved energy storage capabilities. We seek to create new classes of energy storage devices with a focus towards robotics applications by taking advantage of the mechanical, thermal, and chemical properties of energy storage materials. Examples include stretchable batteries, batteries that can support a structural load, and batteries with reconfigurable shapes.

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Figure 1: a) High power density microbattery with bicontinuous microporous nickel current collector. b) A structural battery with continuous high strength supports and integrated battery materials, rolled into a rigid hollow cylinder.

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