A team from Singapore’s Nanyang Technology University (NTU) has designed a new battery for electric vehicles that can fully charge in the time that it would take the average consumer to fill up their car at a gas station.
The breakthrough battery consists of a mixture of materials, its main ingredient being titanium dioxide, which is used to create a gel material so that the new anode is able to substitute the graphite used in traditional lithium-ion batteries. Another advantage to using titanium dioxide is that it’s cheap, safe and plentiful, naturally found within soil.
The co-inventor Rachid Yazami describes the new battery as “the next big thing”, adding that despite the fact that lithium-ion batteries are improving, this new battery can still improve further.
The battery seems to have little downfall, and is already creating a rapidly growing list of clients because of the battery’s versatility. In addition to electric cars, this new supercharger battery can also be used to power a range of electronic devices, such as laptops, mobile phones and tablets.
Another great advantage for the automotive world is that whereas the average car battery’s life is around the 5 year mark, this revolutionary battery’s approximate life-length is 20 years, meaning replacement costs are cut, as well as environmental waste. This shows great intent for affordable electric motoring without the current hefty costs.
As well as the availability of the resources needed to produce the battery being in simple and great supply, one of the main updated processes in order to create the battery is actually relatively simple. Nanotubes are made from the usually sphere-shaped titanium dioxide which in turn speeds up the charging time because of the chemical reaction involved.
Despite the incredible attributes that the lithium-graphite anode possesses, the scientists behind its discovery still claim that there is much more work to be done. Said Professor Yazami,
“There is still room for improvement and one such key area is the power density – how much power can be stored in a certain amount of space – which directly relates to the fast charge ability,”
So this leads one to wonder, just how much further can this technology go? And when can we have it in all of our other electronic devices?