Battery “breakthroughs” seemingly occur around the clock in this day and age.
This month’s “breakthrough” is next month’s old news.
We use “breakthrough” loosely here because most of these claims are questionable and, oftentimes, end up being vaporware.
That may well be what’s going on here, but just in case this “breakthrough” results in a tidal shift, we present the claims to you: scientists have discovered a way to extract 30 times more power from lithium-ion batteries while simultaneously allowing them to charge 1,000 times faster.
Intrigued? We aren’t.
Overnight “breakthroughs” don’t exist in the field of automotive battery technology and they certainly don’t change the world in a flash.
Anyways, a team of researchers/scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, headed up by Professor William King, claim that a “microtechnology” breakthrough could forever change batteries as we know them.
King says their research has shown that microtechnology batteries could feasibly have so much power that a unit the size of a typical cell phone battery would be able to jumpstart an automobile.
What’s the secret you ask? Well, according to King, it’s in “extreme miniaturization of the conventional elements of traditional batteries, the anode and the cathode.”
By assembling these components in a 3D microstructure, the researchers found “a new way to integrate the two components at the microscale to make a complete battery with superior performance.”
When will this miracle battery technology be in our hands? Perhaps in 1 to 2 years says King.
Here we’ll close with one of the more radical statements from the research team:
“Imagine juicing up a credit-card-thin phone in less than a second.”