Fuelled by insatiable curiosity
The other day I was making a LED flashing circuit. It was simple enough to only use discrete parts, atypical from my other (microprocessor-controlled) projects. After a good rummage through my bin of electronic components I came up short of an NPN transistor. Blast! I headed down to my local Dick Smith Electronics (DSE) store – but to my dismay – they have stopped selling electronic components! Arrrhhhh!
A recent article on IEEE Spectrum published that A123 Systems, the group who develops and manufactures the lithium iron phosphate battery, has gone bunk. I did some further reading and it appears that there is quite a political debacle on this as A123 received a lot of (USA) tax-payer money to keep the green-energy initiative company afloat. But I would like to talk about the battery technology they developed instead.