In the opinion of BAE Systems torches, drones and an electric Le Mans racing car are all test beds for a new kind of structural battery. The company discovered that it had constructed a torch and a small unmanned aerial vehicle out of the battery material in Last year. The batteries use carbon fiber and can shape part of the body of a device.
Applications in military hardware and motor-racing suggest a big price tag BAE believes it can make structural batteries moderately inexpensive. BAE began work on the plan as part of an attempt to lighten the burden of troops carrying electronic items. The batteries are nickel based. Initially intended for use in the military, they had to be defiant to fire and have a long working life.