SCANNING EMERGING ISSUES OF THE FUTURE are a series of briefs produced by the Strategy & Change Program. The briefs in the series identify emerging strategic issues that are relevant for the four themes of S&C: security, technology & innovation, economy & society, and sustainable development.
For each of these issues, we explore policy implications across the four themes. To identify these issues, Strategy & Change employs an innovative approach analyzing a wealth of forward looking resources available on the Internet. This process is supported by Leximancer text mining software.
Developments in Nanoscale Batteries
In 1800, Alessandro Volta, an Italian physicist, invented the first battery by exploiting chemical reactions to store and deliver electrical energy. The ability to store electricity in a portable device is a scientific breakthrough that enabled societies to achieve a wide range of technological developments: cars, MP3 players, mobile phones, laptops, and even medical devices such as pacemakers, all require batteries to power them. In turn, societies now more than ever depend on these powered devices and technologies to function.
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