Earlier today, we saw an interesting story posted on the Facebook timeline of Keith Mann. New batteries are in development that are capable of lasting ten times longer than the lifespan of the current longest-lasting batteries. Scientists at Nanyang Technology University are developing the batteries, which are also capable of charging in only a few minutes.
In comparison to existing batteries, these new batteries would take approximately two minutes to charge to 70 percent, as opposed to two hours, and could be used to enhance electric vehicles by allowing them to charge in the time a traditional car would take to pump gas. Furthermore, these batteries will be able to be charged many more times than existing batteries, eliminating the need for frequent replacements.
Unlike existing lithium-ion batteries, the batteries NTU are developing substitute the anode for a gel made from titanium dioxide, a material currently used in sunscreen and some food additives. The NTU scientists say that once the batteries have been fully developed, it will be possible to adapt them for use in a variety of technologies.