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  • networthdev networthdev Apr 18, 2013 11:21 AM Flag

    Battery, 30 Times More Power, Charges 1,000 Times Faster

    So many SMART people, especially at , "The Univ. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign"

    Google article if interested, "Battery Breakthrough Offers 30 Times More Power, Charges 1,000 Times Faster"

    "This is a battery breakthrough that could change the world — it's "a whole new way to think about batteries," according to its creators. The team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, headed up by Professor William King, wrote about the technology in the April 16 issue of Nature Communications"

    "The batteries are so powerful, King says you could use the power storage device in your cellphone to jumpstart your car battery.

    How has the team accomplished this seemingly miraculous breakthrough? The secret is extreme miniaturization of the conventional elements of traditional batteries, the anode and the cathode. Assembling these in a 3D microstructure, the researchers have developed what their press release says is "a new way to integrate the two components at the microscale to make a complete battery with superior performance."

    "King said the technology could be available for consumers in "perhaps 1-2 years." Where might we see these super batteries first? Says King, "The first applications of this technology will be to be replace supercapacitors in radios and personal electronics."

    "Imagine what a battery with this kind of power could do to our world, which is increasingly dependent on energy storage devices. Electric cars could become a lot more practical and recharge in less than the time it takes to fill up a gas tank. Solar power could be stored easily overnight with incredible efficiency, and many devices that now must be plugged in could be powered by these super batteries.".

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