As new rules come into force about proving your phone is actually a phone when you catch a plane, there is good news for people worried that their battery may well give out on the journey from home to the airport.
Beacon News reports that a team at the energy storage technology company AdvEn Solutions has developed a new technology which involves using carbon as a cathode in lithium-ion batteries.
The team found that carbon is not only cost-effective and safe to use, but also has an energy output that’s as much as five to eight times higher than the lithium-ion batteries currently on the market.
It also performs better than lithium-sulfur and lithium-air batteries, which are two other technologies currently in development.
Beacon News says that the research team developed the new battery technology for energy storage using carbon nanomaterials and a process called induced fluorination.
“We tried lots of different materials. Normally carbon is used as the anode in lithium-ion batteries, but we used carbon as the cathode, and this is used to build a battery with induced fluorination,” said chief technolog officer Xinwei Cui.
“Nobody knew that carbon could be used as a cathode with such a high performance. That is what’s unique with our technology.”
AdvEn Solutions’ carbon batteries not only have a higher energy output but also charge faster and last longer than existing batteries and the team aims to have made a prototype by the end of the year.
It might be a while, though, before we see it in commercial use. Cui told Beacon News that “We have a long way to go, but we’re on the right track. It’s exciting work and we want everyone to know about it and that it’s very young but promising.”
By Stuart O'Connor | July 10th, 2014