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Biodegradable Battery

For Your Biohacked Personal Power Station

I. Setting the Stage

In the past we’ve written about Biohacking and Personal Power Stations, as well as Long-Lasting Energy in Space. Previously these have all been disconnected concepts, but as we move ever so closely to the future, the novel entrepreneurs remix scientific inventions in new and novel ways to deliver fun consumer products.

In this episode, how we can borrow from nature (theme alert!) to power our bioelectronics. What started with the pacemaker decades ago, will start to emerge over the coming years, likely beginning with future glucose-reading Apple Watch smart bands.

II. New Breakthrough

Last month a group of research centers in Australia, yes of course Australia, published some incredible new work in the field of biodegradable batteries.

Whenever you have any type of electronic component, especially in hostile environments, the first thing you should think is “how are we going to power this?” And by hostile, we mean deep underground, within a nuclear cleanup operation, out in the desert, in outer space or within the body. Basically, places where you don’t have an electrical outlet readily available.

What they’ve done is create a biodegradable silk polymer for use in a magnesium battery. Essentially, this “spider silk” melts after so much use and can be “programmed” based on the number of layers you protect the battery in.

More layers, longer lasting.

The one in question lasted 45 days and the entire system degrades fully so you can place this inside the human body.

Pretty cool, right. Once it passes FDA approval for use within organic tissue, the next problem will be inserting it.

III. Combining Concepts

That takes us to the Biohacking concept. There are already corporations offering employees the means to implant their keycard into their hand so they don’t have to worry about losing a card or gaining access.

That’s just an RFID chip which doesn’t require any power, but as we increase the desired functionality of these implants (i.e., Terminator Vision), we’re going to need a readily available power source next to the electronic components that our body won’t reject.

That’s where this biodegradable battery comes in. But then the question becomes how do you store the energy on the device you just implanted in the first place? And how do you recharge it?

Because future batteries only ever borrow energy from time, we need an efficient way to capture the excess energy loss and re-use that back on the device.

That’s where our ultra-low power transistors for space batteries come in. They scavenge energy from the environment. Much like our oft-used analogy of mechanical wristwatches that charge themselves using the motion of the wrist, these future body batteries should capture the energy provided by the human body (i.e., motion, heat, etc) and use that to store power onto this new biodegradable battery.

The science already exists. It just requires enterprising entrepreneurs to get out of the mobile app, ad-fueled social network mindset and get to work on something truly valuable and unsolved.

Then and only then, will humanity begin to set itself up for success for the coming decades of super space sports ball for entertainment and space mining and manufacturing for compensation.


Your Recommended Reading

  1. Get Superhuman Abilities With Biohacking
  2. Understanding Battery Technology
  3. What Is A Personal Power Station?
  4. How To Get Long-Lasting Energy in Space
  5. Introducing Energy 3.0

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