Nature.com is reporting on a breakthrough in battery technology that will allow for near instantaneous charges of future battery packs. Imagine charging your laptop in a minute. Think of the uses.
Firstly, imagine the power is going out intermittently, you have two hours out, maybe a few minutes of power on. You will get a full charge on your batteries in the meantime, which will keep you running all the same.
Second, imagine if wireless base stations for charging peripherals takes off sooner or later. This will minimize the amount of time needed for the wireless charge to happen.
Third, it will probably increase battery life in some way as well. Imagine having a 2 day charge on your laptop with only a 5 minute recharge. It's not outside the realm of possibility.
I'm excited for the future of electrical storage. Plus, the article mentions electric automobiles as being huge beneficiaries of this technology, as the recharge time on the batteries is very miniscule with hybrids. This maximizes the electrical input into as short a time window as is necessary, maximizing efficiency. Also I imagine wind and solar power would make better use of batteries to store energy when both are unavailable (ie, the dark, or when its not windy)
I'm glad there are people out there finding out new stuff like this.