IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Flexible, ultra-thin batteries in works for wearable tech

Californian startup edges closer to bringing printable zinc battery to market

Imprint Energy has secured $6 million in funding as the firm takes a significant step in bringing its flexible, paper-thin battery technology to market.

The technology will help device manufacturers make thinner, more flexible wearable devices as they will no longer be limited by bulky Li-Ion battery packs.

Instead of making incremental improvements to existing battery technology, scientists at Imprint Energy developed a printable Zinc battery capable of recharging. 

Dubbed ZincPoly, the solid-state technology can be printed in a range of sizes and shapes, and is wafer-thin and flexible. Crucially, the high density cells are capable of outperforming conventional batteries and have a lifetime comparable to Li-On counterparts.

Other advantages of Zinc include its non-toxic nature and low development costs, as the material is abundant. It's also robust, with batteries able to continue functioning when they are compressed or even punctured.

There is no time frame for when the technology will make it to market, but Imprint Energy has confirmed the funds will be used to accelerate development and secure design wins in the wearable tech and Internet of Things markets.

Featured Resources

Four strategies for building a hybrid workplace that works

All indications are that the future of work is hybrid, if it's not here already

Free webinar

The digital marketer’s guide to contextual insights and trends

How to use contextual intelligence to uncover new insights and inform strategies

Free Download

Ransomware and Microsoft 365 for business

What you need to know about reducing ransomware risk

Free Download

Building a modern strategy for analytics and machine learning success

Turning into business value

Free Download

Most Popular

Windows Server admins say latest Patch Tuesday broke authentication policies
Server & storage

Windows Server admins say latest Patch Tuesday broke authentication policies

12 May 2022
Costa Rica declares state of emergency following Conti ransomware attack
ransomware

Costa Rica declares state of emergency following Conti ransomware attack

10 May 2022
16 ways to speed up your laptop
Laptops

16 ways to speed up your laptop

13 May 2022