The world is moving towards a future where we are able to plug into the electrical grid with no more power lines and batteries, according to the world’s leading experts on electric appliances.
The World Economic Forum said that it is now likely that electric appliances will be replaced by the next generation of battery-powered smart devices, such as smart home devices and self-driving cars.
“The rise of electric appliances, smart home appliances and self driving cars is an exponential process that will continue until the end of the century,” said Joachim Wierzbicki, chairman of the World Economic Forums.
“Smart appliances will become the norm, not the exception.”
Wierzbicksi made the comments at the World Electric and Battery Conference, held in Barcelona this week.
Electric appliances have become increasingly popular since the late 1990s when a surge in demand led to the rise of new electric appliances that had to be plugged into the grid, which was becoming unreliable.
But Wierzbicki said the trend would slow, especially if the technology continues to improve.
“It is very likely that in the next few years the electric appliance industry will not be able to provide the energy required to operate without batteries,” he said.
“It is not going to be possible to plug a new smart appliance into the same grid without battery power.”
A battery-driven appliance that is not connected to the grid has a smaller electrical output, so the batteries will be used for the home appliances, rather than the home.
However, batteries can be bought and used for a number of other things.
The Wierzi told the conference that the industry is “in a race” to find ways to make smart home gadgets more energy efficient, and that is why it will not take long for the electric grid to become obsolete.
“If we are not careful, we could have a world of smart appliances in a couple of years,” he warned.
“I have been working on this for 25 years now and it is the most exciting time in my life.”
This is a big deal.
“The Wézberiski said it was “not an issue of whether a smart appliance will replace a battery”, but rather “what the battery will do”.
He added that the “next wave of battery technology is very important”.
Wierzbi said it is “a little scary” that “smart” appliances will replace battery-based smart devices such as thermostats, air conditioners and smart locks, which will continue to be used to keep people warm and to protect against disasters such as floods.”
That means a lot of people will be going to bed without an air conditioner and heating their home,” he told the audience.”
What I have noticed is that there is a huge appetite for these devices and a lot more people are using them than in the past.