Every so often scientists claim that they have made an incredible breakthrough in battery technology that provides all sorts of benefits to consumers and various industries. However, even after years and years of claims were still stuck with lithium-ion cell batteries. However, researchers from the University of Central Florida hope to change all that with their new supercapacitor battery technology.
The developers of this battery prototype claim that it works like new even after being recharged 30,000 times, which is more than anyone will recharge a device in their lifetime. Additionally, this new battery technology provides 20 times more autonomy than lithium-ion cell while also only requiring a few seconds to fully charge it.
This technology seems to be most impressive yet that could have a huge impact for both everyday consumers and their smartphones and other devices, as well as other industries. The main advantage of this new battery is that it uses a supercapacitor which stores electricity statically on the surface of a certain material rather than using the chemical reactions specific to conventional batteries.
Storing electrons on the surface of a material allows the supercapacitors to be charged quickly. Researchers improved upon this aspect by wrapping 2D metal materials, which are just a few atoms thick, around 1D nanowires which are highly conductive. This innovation is what enables the electrons to quickly pass from the core of the supercapacitors to the shell.
The result was a very fast charging material with high levels of energy and power density that is also simple to produce. Although the research and the overall supercapacitor battery technology is still in its early days, its combination with increasing energy efficient chipsets and other components could lead to devices with a battery life of a few weeks. This could improve revolutionary indeed. Here’s hoping that unlike other previous battery technologies, this one actually makes it to the market.
The research team only developed a proof-of-concept prototype and are currently looking to patent their technology. One industry that could benefit the most from this type of technology is that of electric cars, no matter how long the technology makes our smartphones last on a single charge. This type of technology could enable EVs to have a longer range while also taking a much less time to recharge.
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