3DPI.TV – Harvard Award for 3D Printed Battery

The printed electronics industry has given recognition to materials scientists at Harvard University for their work on novel 3D printed lithium-ion microbatteries — batteries no bigger than a grain of sand. The 3D printed microbatteries, which could supply electricity to tiny devices in fields from medicine to communications, received the Academic R&D Award last month at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2013 event in Santa Clara, California.

According to the award description, Lewis’ research team at Harvard “has printed rechargeable 3D micro-batteries occupying volumes less than 1mm cubed—equivalent in size to a single grain of sand—and are 1000 times smaller than the smallest commercially available rechargeable batteries.”

The batteries have a range of autonomous applications, including biomedical devices, micro-UAVs and distributed sensor arrays.