Friday, 12 December 2014

Miniature batteries open up a world of possibilities

Researchers at Maryland University have created a tiny battery that has the potential to revolutionise our electronic products.

The battery, unlike any we have seen before, consists of individual 'nanopores', which are a hole in a ceramic sheet that holds electrolytes to carry electrical charge between nanotube electrodes at either end.

Just one of these pores on its own won't do a great deal, but when you consider that a billion of these pores can fit onto a surface the size of a postage stamp, there's a lot of potential there!

Currently the battery is in prototype mode but first author Chanyuan Liu says: “It can be charged in 12 minutes and recharged thousands of time.” The battery is working though and now the nanopore technology has been demonstrated, the team are working on making the next version more powerful so it can be used in a wider range of applications.

With smaller and smaller power sources becoming available, the electronics market will be able to shrink and miniaturise products like never before. Smaller, lighter phones and tablets, portable medical equipment and even electric cars will be able to utilise Maryland University's technology.

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