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Mobile Devices and the Future of Fuel

Posted In Smartphone reviews, Technology devices - By Techtiplib on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 With No Comments »

Many current technological trendsareclearly in direct competition with one another to gain a larger slice of the market’s pie, but at times it can seem as though those same trends arealso vying to win a prize in some unknown “Most Sci-Fi” category. Nowhere is this truer than in the area of alternative energy sources for mobile devices.

Cellphones, Smartphones and tablets have grown exceedingly complex; their energy needs have grown more complex, too. While wall and socket electricity continues to be the dominantway to charge a mobile device’s battery, there are some fascinating options for energy waiting just ahead in the immediate future. Recommended reading: 10 Ways Android Smartphones Can Have Better Battery Life

Mobile device - Cellphones, Smartphones and tablets have grown exceedingly complex; their energy needs have grown more complex, too. From sugar-powered phones to phones that charge by soaking up the rays of the sun, here is a closer look at the future of fuel and the ways it’s about to change your mobile device. The next time you’re shopping for a new phone at Replace Your Cell, a traditional electrical charger might not even be necessary.


Thermoelectricity has already been around for a while, but its application to cellphones is new.In all thermoelectric applications, electrons move from hot to cold, and this movement creates a current. When the current moves from one kind of metal to another kind of metal, a charge is generated that can be harnessed as electricity.

The human body supplies a reliable source of heat, which means anybody with a cellphone can potentially be a source of thermoelectricity. Soon, individuals wearing electricity-grabbing gear will generate enough electricity to power your mobile device just by walking around. Other researchers are trying to find a way to grab the electrons off your hot cup of morning coffee in order to use them to power your device. While the applications aren’t very user-friendly yet, thermoelectricity holds a lot of promise.


Certain materials in the physical world, like quartz, generate an electrical charge when they are compressed or shaken, causing them to vibrate at a frequency thatcould be a reliable source of energy, if it could be controlled and maintained. So far, piezoelectric materials have proven too finicky to produce anything reliable in the way of consistent electricity, but researchers aren’t about to give up yet. Already, devices that need less energy than a typical mobile device are being operated via piezoelectricity with success.

Biomechanical Energy

Biomechanical energy is energy generated from the body’s movement.  The simple act of a knee bending and straightening on an hour-long walk—when harnessed through leg braces that are outfitted with little generators—can produce enough power to fuel four cellphones. Harnessing the energy created while riding a bike would work in a similar way. While there aren’t any consumer models attractive enough for mainstream, yet, it’s probably just a matter of time.For people who aren’t afraid to look like a cyborg, the option to power your own mobile device already exists.

Sugar Power

Biobatteries that run on sugar cane are able to process the proteins and enzymes within sugar in much the same way the human body does. As the sugar is broken down, the freed electrons are grabbed and used for energy, and because biobatteries are organic, the enzymatic processes they undergo are repeatable and somewhat self-sustaining.This means biobatteries have the potential to hold a charge a remarkably long time before they’ll need another dose of sugar, much longer than the current cellphone batteries. Recommended reading: 10 Ways to Improve Battery Life on iOS 7.0 Devices.

Solar Power

Mobile device-As the sugar is broken down, the freed electrons are grabbed and used for energy,Some materials create an electrical charge simply by being exposed to sunlight, and those materials have already been co-opted in the quest to power your phone. The trouble is charging via the sun’s rays tends to take a really long time, which makes it too much of a hassle for most people. The trouble with solar power is what physicists call the Shockley-Queisser Limit, which claims cells will never be able to harvest over 34 percent of the solar energy they come into contact with. Until a viable way around the Shockley-Queisser Limit is found, solar power will continue to be more cumbersome than it’s worth. However, scientists are continuing to work at the problem, and it looks like some headway is being made.

In many ways, the future of your mobile device’s fuel needs is already here—it just isn’t viable for the marketplace yet. Researchers are already harvesting the power of sunshine, quartz, knees and heat, and soon they’ll come up with a system that is consumer-friendly enough to make the wall and the socket obsolete.

Simon Hopes is recognized author who loves to write on technology. He suggests people to buy cell phones at Replace Your Cell, to charge their phones using a different technology, rather than using a traditional electric charger.

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