Constant battery drain on your smart devices slowing you down? Forget the fret, a group of Stanford University researchers has developed rechargeable batteries that provide six times the storage over current lithium-ion batteries that are the industry standard.,
What does this mean for your devices, you wonder? Quite simply, if the battery got industry acceptance, you only need to charge your device once a week.
It also has uses in the emerging electric automobile industry – current vehicles will be able to travel six times the current distance on a single recharge!
Meet Powerhouse Battery
The new “alkali-metal-chlorine” battery works by continuously converting sodium chloride/lithium chloride to chlorine and then back to its original form., Chlorine is a highly reactive gas that has limited its search as a viable alternative so far.,
The study was published August 25 in the journal Nature and the battery’s impressive range was actually created by accident.
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A report by Tech Explore claims Stanford professor Hongji Dai with doctoral candidate Guanzhou Zhu was actually trying to improve current battery capabilities by using thionyl chloride. For perspective – current commercial lithium-ion batteries have a capacity of 200mAh per gram.
But these batteries were able to achieve 1,200mAh per gram of charge – a phenomenal feat!
Uses go beyond traditional technology
While most people immediately think of their smartphone and laptop batteries every time such developments pop up, the scientists behind this feat have far-reaching goals for the technology.,
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He hopes the new battery will be able to power remote sensors and satellites and other areas where recharging every few hours isn’t really viable.
Current prototypes could be used in basic electronic items such as smartphones, remote controls and hearing aids.
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