Such a discovery as a life-long battery would be undoubtedly mind-blowing. The opportunities and capabilities of such a discovery could have far-reaching implications not just the immediate ones of security and accessibility.
Well, researchers from the University of California, Irvine may have stumbled across the recipe for a long-lasting, infinite battery. By accident, at that.
With a world dependant on battery/power sources, the discovery will make welcome news to the technology world and beyond.
The researchers at the university believe that they have created nano-wire based battery material that can be potentially recharged over and over hundreds of times.
The researchers were originally looking for a power source that could replace existing liquid lithium batteries as a more stable and safe alternative. Lithium batteries are notably sensitive to temperatures and this can incur problems such as overheating and ultimately, dangerous combustion.
The researchers have found that the nano-wire based technology that they may have discovered is around 400 times more efficient than existing batteries.
Researchers have been experimenting with nano-wire technology for a while and have found that they are incredibly resilient and that they could work effectively for more than 200 thousand load cycles and potentially last up to 400 times longer than current battery models.
The wires are normally very delicate and cannot withstand the amount of pressure needed to operate as a long-lasting battery. However, the researchers found that if they were coated with a thin layer of gel, they became much more resilient.
Check out a researcher, Mye Le Thai, talking about the gel layer and how it affects the performance of the nanowires below:
When testing on the nanowires, the researcher found that the cells contained in it would not die and therefore the battery could potentially last indefinitely.
However, the researchers did conclude that it would be a while before these types of batteries are readily available. Nonetheless, it’s a very interesting development and one that would make a welcome addition to current power sources.