A team of researchers at Google’s X research labs is searching for better batteries. Led by a former Apple Inc. battery expert, this team began testing batteries for Google devices in late 2012 and has expanded its scope to explore other battery technologies. Google is using a team of four engineers to develop its own battery. But the team’s plans are not public yet, according to the company. It has no clear timeline, but the team is working to find the best batteries possible.
Google is currently working on developing more powerful batteries for four hardware projects. Its recent projects in the area include a battery-powered self-driving car, a wearable device that measures glucose, and a glucose-measuring contact lens. Google’s efforts in this area could complement its moonshot projects. As an example, Google’s new battery technology could help improve the performance of its Glass Internet-connected eyewear.
While the trial will be limited to greenfield data centers, Google expects its battery technology to impact the next 20 gigawatts of backup power. This innovative project could potentially change the energy storage market globally. As renewable energy sources continue to come online, the need for energy storage is expected to increase. In the future, battery technology may replace diesel-based generators. Google has partnered with Fluence, a battery startup that works on grid services. It is anticipated that the new technology will eventually power the entire data center.