Updates from 13 Feb 2018:
Iain Watt: Here are a couple of follow-ups from this month. The second one suggests commercial production in 2-3 years…
Ionic developing a polymer material for solid-state batteries 'We're the key ingredient to make the new battery,' CEO says Ionic Materials Inc., a battery-material developer backed by Silicon Valley luminary Bill Joy, raised $65 million to build a production line and commercialize its technology.
Tech superstar Bill Joy and others have just invested $65 million into Ionic Materials, a company that says it has developed a new polymer that will make safe, stable, and low cost solid state batteries possible. What does Bill Joy know that others don't?
19 Sep 2017:
Lots of interesting signals of change in this: https://www.wired.com/story/bill-joy-finds-the-jesus-battery/
Cheap, powerful, safe batteries within two to three years..? That speeds up the already-inevitable energy transition.
Based on Aluminium? If so, concerns about Lithium availability/cost are gone.
As technology tries to maintain its dizzying ascent, one dead weight has kept its altitude in check: the battery. Our chips keep getting faster and our data rates keep climbing, but at the end of the day-or worse, by mid-afternoon-those power meters on our screens inevitably turn to red.
This signal was also spotted by Neil Gunn.