April 26, 2016 1:22 am | Updated 9 months ago.
In the University of California, Irvine researchers have designed a battery technology that increases the lifespan of batteries. PCs, smartphones, and electric cars will be able to utilize this technology to have a longer battery life.
Conventional batteries used in smartphones and electric cars often register a fall in their competency after being recharged for 5000 times to 7000 times. The researchers in UCI have developed a procedure, using nanowires to create a battery that would not lose its capacity even after going through a 200,000 recharge cycle. It simply means that batteries need not be replaced. All batteries are generally made up of lithium which wears away easily. However, this doesn’t affect smartphones, as consumers often change their handsets or upgrade to a latest version. Poor battery life creates a significant problem for laptops and tablets which are generally used for a longer duration.
The UCI researchers use gold nanowires, covered in a manganese oxide shell enclosed by an electrolyte gel. This prevents the nanowires from eroding. This development could definitely bring about a miraculous change in the entire process of manufacturing batteries .Researchers are trying to use a common metal to substitute it for gold and are in the process of creating a fully functional battery.
Date of Publication: April 22, 2016