Skip to comments.Next-gen lithium-ion battery charges 20x faster, lasts 20x longer
Posted on 10/13/2014 9:17:01 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
The next-generation of lithium-ion batteries is really going to ensure that users get all-day, and even more battery life out of their devices. A team of researchers in Singapore have developed this improved lithium-ion battery tech, which is capable of recharging a battery to 70% in just two minutes, yes: 120 seconds.
The clinch, is that this isn't a new battery technology, but it improves on the existing technology that is used. The improvements are coming from a form of nanostructures, where instead of traditional graphite used to create the lithium-ion battery's anode, this new technology uses a cheap titanium dioxide gel, which is a similar material to that used in sunscreen, that absorbs UV rays.
The scientists have discovered a way to turn these compounds into nanostructures that super-speed the charging process, with this change making lithium-ion batteries capable of charging 20x faster, and lasting up to 20x longer. Associate Professor Chen Xiaodong of Nanyang Technological University said in a release "With our nanotechnology, electric cars would be able to increase their range dramatically with just five minutes of charging, which is on par with the time needed to pump petrol for current cars". The researchers hope to have this technology on the market within two years, which should be perfect timing for our next, next-gen smartphones and electric cars.
...costs only 20x as much!
If by “last 20x as long” they mean the storage capacity and not the useful lifetime of the battery then this is truly awesome!
It would make super long range battery powered drones possible and even small, electric engined general aviation aircraft a real possibility.
I just LOVE miracle battery stories. Must have seen at least two dozen in my lifetime. I love them almost as much as the nutter LENR posts that invest FR.
Given’s Murphy’s Law, once mass production begins, prices should come down dramatically.
This is great news for Tesla Motors... a breakthrough lithium-ion battery would mean faster recharging time and a more viable electric car.
They have been waiting for this breakthrough and they will try to get it on the market faster.
I hope this is true, but I won’t believe it til Tesla Motors adopt this. Theres been lots of hype in regards to batteries over the years, getting me excited but never hearing about them again
plus, besides the wild claims, poor grammar, etc., what the heck does the journalist mean by “...the clinch, is...”
all cars will be powered by coal if this is true.
What does this mean for the capacity? Will that also be increased?
Does this mean the first iPhone to use it will cost $5000?
I can see the new president of Apple rubbing their hands together over the millions of people that are certain to pay that on release day.
the only place batteries have in a car is powering the starter and lights!
I’ll settle for the pill that you drop into a gas tank full of water. The one that the oil companies kept off the market. ;-)
What the hell has been invented in Singapore ?
Not sure I believe it!
He might have a British education.
Ah yes. They had that guy killed.
Some of the better AGMs will charge fast (low internal resistance).
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