The hours of electricity that our gadgets gobble up may soon be a thing of the past. Stanford researchers have developed an ultra-fast, safe, aluminum-ion battery that may soon make today’s conventional lithium-ion and alkaline batteries obsolete.
They said this battery brings charging time down to one minute. This will not only make sure your electricity bills get cheaper but this high-performance battery is longer lasting than those powering digital devices today.
Chemistry professor at Stanford, Hongjie Dai stated, “We have developed a rechargeable aluminum battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames. Our new battery won’t catch fire, even if you drill through it.”
Aluminum is a favourite battery element since it provides a high-charge aspect at low cost and low flammability properties. It is also more durable than a lithium-ion battery and lasts up to 7,500 cycles without loss of capacity. This battery can be folded and bent, and therefore, can be perfect for flexible electrical devices.
Apart from electronic gadgets, these batteries can also store renewable energy on the electrical grid. Plus they are environmentally-friendly compared to disposable alkaline batteries.
According to researchers, the sole drawback as of now is that, the aluminium battery only features half the voltage of the lithium battery.