O/t.....Day off----I speculate that "lithium-ion battery" technology................
will make a huge leap as Boeing will (it has the bucks, and the massive incentive of the 800+ back-order of 787 Dreamliners, each bringing in $207MM) take over, and become the leading-edge battery-technology" improvement (or the termination thereof), site on the globe.
Lithium-ion batteries need a BILLION dollar injection for design improvements, or "something new" needs to be "invented".
It's not just Boeing that needs a battery technology leap.....we are surrounded by other industries that would flourish (any energy farm....solar, wind, water) if only we could effectively store the energy farmed.
My guess is silver will play a very large roll in this (need-it-now) search for a high performance, reliable energy storage device......but it's going to be oh so expensive.
The history of energy storage development is interesting. Edison spent more time on batteries than on the light bulb. Whoever "invents" the next big advancement might be the "Bill Gates" of this century.
Battery technology suffers from inherent limitation. You can pack only so much energy, chemically, before you reach its limit. I have a patent app in progress which overcomes this limitattion and stores energy in mannner which is environmentally friendly and is limitless. The energy co's won't talk to me
because they won't sign a "confidentiality disclosure agreement" which my patent attorney says I must secure untill the patent issues. Two years of patent searches and one year of provisional patent secured indicates that the patent app is secure and sure to be approved. It does use silver and the cost of silver is no deterrent.
I would like to be the next Bill Gates