Toshiba SCiB battery could start a revolution, assuming the revolving mechanism is battery powered
Toshiba is apparently in the process of inventing and testing a revolutionary new type of battery, that it claims will be available next year. Bankrolled by it’s “utopian dreams” division (headquarters in fantasyland), it has apparently come up with a battery that fixes all of the problems that normal batteries have.
It’ll recharge to 90% capacity within ten minutes, won’t explode, and will charge up between 5000 and 6000 times. Which in lay terms, essentially kicks the crap out of lithium-ion batteries that you find in laptops and other gadgets, on every single level.
Called the SCiB – the Super Charge Ion Battery – is apparently already a working prototype, having been shown off at various trade shows – which is encouraging. Lets hope we see it soon – not least so we can see what Idiot Toys think of it.
(via The Gadgets Weblog)
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This apparently seems amazing to you, but it’s basically the same chemistry as AltairNano’s; if anything, the SCiB’s stats are a little worse. AltairNano’s cells have been on the market for a while now. They’re starting to be employed in grid load balancing systems and high-end electric vehicles. Their big downside is that they’re quite pricey — $2/Wh. Hopefully a big player like Toshiba can help remedy that situation. A lesser downside is that they don’t have the energy density of traditional LiCoO2/graphite cells. But they have a *much* higher power density.