Throughout my time playing CDDA I’ve always found batteries to make little sense. How do we recharge a car battery using batteries from a cell phone? How do the batteries from a cell phone fit in a flashlight? I realize some of this can, and is, hand-waved away with near-future universal batteries. However, I think that a relatively simple change could make this make more sense and simplify a possible future system with houses having power outlets and lamps.
The idea is to simply treat electric charges as we currently do liquids. Rather than have the current batteries item, we have electricity contained in some common item. Something like a “Universal battery pack” that can be used to recharge any electrical device. This thing would basically be a small box with one or a few common (standardized future) power plugs for recharging whatever. They would use some near-future fast-charge technology so that you can recharge the whole thing in a short time.
One that holds, e.g., 100 charge would weigh and have the same volume as 100 batteries currently have. Then one could have bigger versions, as a stepping stone between the small, 100-unit ones and the smallest vehicle part batteries which in this system would be technically the same as the universal battery packs, but heavier.
A good thing about this is that the value of one unit of charge would be the same as it is currently so that no energy costs of anything would need to be adjusted. The way I imaging implementing this is to make batteries be a liquid, called ‘charge’ or similar, and use the existing code for new containers that only allow charge. I imagine this could help a system with wall sockets as well, since it solves the problem of how to get the power into whatever portable thing one would use it for. I haven’t looked very much at the code, so this might be more complicated to implement than I imagine and honestly I don’t know enough about structuring large projects to even find out in what files the relevant code is.
So this will just be another idea thrown out there to see if anyone latches on to it.