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From SiNode website video.

Cary Hayner, the chief technology officer of SiNode Systems, said his company is focusing on developing technology that would go into “future generations" of boutique-style cell phones.


Tech company leads charge in extending life span of batteries

by Anne Evans
Feb 20, 2014


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Technology expert Cary Hayner says his company has developed battery materials that can store about 10 times the amount of energy that a lithium-ion battery does, potentially changing the future of energy storage in products such as cell phones and electric cars.

“This year, 2014, we are focusing on developing our first prototypes that would go into future generations of some of these boutique cell phones,” said Hayner, the chief technology officer of SiNode Systems. “These wouldn’t be the huge general-consumer type of devices right now.”

Hayner joined a four-expert panel to discuss the future of energy storage efficiency at this week’s Advancements in Battery Science event hosted by Clean Energy Trust and the Chicago Clean Energy Alliance.

Panel members included representatives from Argonne National Labs, SiNode Systems, Navitas Systems and Intelligent Generation.

From cell phones to electric cars to military missile technology, batteries play a crucial role in today’s society, according to the experts at Tuesday's event, which drew about 130 people.

One hot topic was SiNode technology, developed by a team of Northwestern students in 2012 under Harold Kung, professor of chemical anb biological engineering. They received a grant for funding and formed SiNode Systems.

Lithium-ion batteries are the primary technology used in rechargeable products such as portable electronics and electronic vehicles. As technology develops and the demands for longer battery life in products such as cell phones and electric cars increase, new battery technologies are needed, according to SiNode Systems, headquartered in Chicago.

Hayner said that his company’s material has higher energy efficiency and is “also cheaper” than traditional battery models. He added that this translates into a 30-50 percent improvement in battery life for everyday items such as cell phones.

He said SiNode Solutions has just started working with small cellphone manufacturers to implement the new battery technology.