The constantly advancing technologies around lithium sulfur batteries that offer currently five times the capacity of standard lithium batteries will be a game changer when the stability challenges are met that several companies feel they may meet within a year, for the semi/nanotech industry by changing the very foundation of supplying electrical power to such an extent it will open up entire new areas to electrical and electronic devices in ways we haven't imagined. This will open entire new markets and expand the demand for semis at all levels from simple power control systems to complex autonomous systems at the highest levels. The companies that develop systems in parallel rather than waiting for the advances to be complete will be the huge winners to create and dominate markets as they come into being and will have huge first mover advantages. The more companies that look at taking a parallel track over a serial one the faster these new frontiers will be developed. With the "Great Acceleration" the more parallel development that goes on the faster the pace of advancement and opportunity. The world semis have already created in transparency, breadth and depth have already dramatically changed the business, political and social ecosystems in ways previously considered unimaginable at ever increasing speed and this is just the beginning. Battery and new energy storage technologies combined with new energy sources and ways of transferring that energy are going to change the world in ways we have yet to imagine.
Batteries made with a lithium-sulfur chemistry rather than the typical lithium-ion hold a great deal of potential, and have for quite some time. Though they offer up to five times more energy per weight, one major roadblock has been a far shorter lifespan. An international team of scientists…