Wired.com reports that a team at the University of Texas has developed a process that utilizes microwaves to simplify the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries, knocking hours out of the production cycle and dramatically reducing the heat required to create the battery’s complex phosphate structure.
Wired says that companies like A123 Systems — who was responsible for DeWalt’s high-end 36V line and those of other manufacturers as well — are working on their own version of this technology, but the UT team is already receiving inquiries.
What’s this mean to Toolmongers? Should this process pan out, we might see a significant decrease in the cost of lithium-ion phosphate batteries, which many consider superior to other chemistries. Even lower-buck li-ion power tools, anyone?