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Interesting read on battery manufacturing

Discussion in 'The Pub' at netrider.net.au started by Mr Flibble, Jul 28, 2015.

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  2. that was interesting, thanks!

    a comment would be, it's good to reduce manufacturing time etc, but current manufacturing methods have continued because the end product is durable enough. will be interesting to see how their new "semi-solid" batteries with less layers actually last in the real world

    you'd think gumbyments would be all over trying to support startups to develop innovative manufacturing methods..
    then again, our government is not interested in supporting manufacturing at all :(

    does make me think about a career direction change though :)
  3. Very interesting. it shows all manufacturing techniques should be re-examined from time to time, we are blinded often by the "this is the way it has always been done" paradigm.

    Yes the politicians across the board in this country have little understanding of science and manufacturing, (Parliamentary Traits Breakdown)

    25% of them are business execs, 14% political consultants and lobbyists, 13% Legal People Barristers Solicitors etc. There is not a scientist amongst them, many have little experience outside the political realm. Abbot was a Journo and briefly ran a concrete plant. Joe Hockey was a lawyer and then a Political adviser in the NSW state arena.

    To be honest Scientists perhaps do make poor politicians, their entire training is to investigate the truth without fear or favour. That doesn't sit well with politics in this country.
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  4. I think there is a big push in some industries to try and innovate and find new ways (better/cheaper/faster) of doing things..
    but I also see lots of revisiting things that were proven not to work, over and over again.

    it's good for managers to challenge the status quo.
    It's bad for every new management set (every 3-5years?) to ignore all the science and proof, and demand it be looked at again and again and again... so there needs to be a balance.... or just smarter managers :D

    for all we know (I'm no battery manufacturing expert) the way they are making batteries is cheap and nasty, and the batteries could be shit. they have to talk it up to the max to get venture capital, so until it all fails, you'll never hear bad news.
    OR, it could be awesome, and everyone else is doing it wrong... (that does happen, but not that often)

    BUT, good on the venture caps people for being willing to fund stuff that may not work! (it's just a gamble for them, with often long odds).
    and good on the startups for trying new things with other peoples money, without the pressure of having to make a profit :D

    here.. government and companies are not even willing to back stuff that DOES work :(
  5. If it doesn't come out of the ground, it's not worth the time of day. If it does, subsidise the fcuk out of it and do anything you can to please the billionaires profiting from it.
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  6. Except for the whacky plans for Australia to be the next Silicon Valley...

    With who and what and why?