Is the Force With Us Yet?

In “The Lightsaber Battery,” author Richard Rogers asks if recent electric vehicle battery research makes a lightsaber battery possible. After reviewing Star Wars technology and the current state of battery technology, his conclusion is a conditional yes! However, the final stage of light saber development depends on a Kyber crystal which amplifies and channels the cosmic energy of the Force. Unfortunately, a crystal like that hasn’t been discovered in our universe yet.

Star Wars fans and electric battery developers do not despair! The need for longer-lasting electric vehicle batteries has raised cycle life goals similar to the lightsaber’s requirements—and electrochemists are rising to the challenge! That galaxy “far, far away” is coming closer and closer.

Arbin Instruments—where Richard Rogers works—is exhibiting at the 236th ECS Meeting in Atlanta. Stop by their booth when the exhibit hall opens, Monday, 14 October at 1800h. Arbin is just one of the exhibitors at the meeting showcasing some of the greatest innovations in the industry, including cutting-edge instruments, materials, systems, publications, and software, as well as other products and services. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain face-to-face time with industry experts—and contribute your Star Wars technology expertise to the development of the lightsaber.

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