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Inexpensive, Lighter Jelly Batteries Could Power Laptops and Electric Vehicles

Posted By Lori Zimmer On September 12, 2011 @ 3:42 pm In Environment,Green Technology,Innovation,Renewable Energy | 5 Comments

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British scientists have created a lithium jelly that could be used to make safer, cheaper and less toxic batteries. The new gel would replace the liquid electrolytes in common lithium batteries [1], which are hazardous and toxic. This could also mean lighter, more powerful batteries for our laptop computers [2] and electric vehicles.

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One of the biggest assets behind the jelly batteries [4] technology is that it less likely to overheat. Batteries can heat up to hundreds of degrees into a state called thermal runaway, which can wreak havoc on a device, or even catch fire. Overheating is also a common issue in electric vehicles [5], which use liquid lithium batteries as well. The jelly batteries operate at a much cooler temperature, and they would also be significantly lighter than low-performance electrode batteries, a common industry solution to liquid electrolyte batteries.

The jelly batteries replace liquid electrolytes with a gooey gel that stays put between the battery [6] electrodes. It functions like a solid, but has all the conductive properties of a liquid electrolyte. The result is a more controllable electrolytic substance.

According to the scientists, the jelly batteries would be 10-20% the price of liquid electrolyte batteries [7]. Both the laptop industry and the electric car industry could benefit from the jelly batteries, which would make overall prices lower, while providing a battery that does not over heat.

Via BBC [8]

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URLs in this post:

[1] batteries: http://inhabitat.com/electric-vehicle-battery-cost-to-halve-by-2018/

[2] laptop computers: http://inhabitat.com/hp-touchpad-green-your-multitasking/

[3] Image: http://inhabitat.com/inexpensive-lighter-jelly-batteries-could-power-laptops-and-electric-vehicles/nasa_lithium_ion_polymer_battery/

[4] batteries: http://inhabitat.com/nasas-solar-powered-twin-grail-spacecrafts-scheduled-to-launch-to-the-moon-tomorrow/

[5] electric vehicles: http://inhabitat.com/dont-make-eye-contact-electric-audi-a2-concept-will-pack-laser-tail-lights/

[6] battery: http://inhabitat.com/electronics-will-charge-themselves-with-energy-harvesting-lcd-screens/

[7] electrolyte batteries: http://inhabitat.com/new-liquid-flow-batteries-from-mit-could-make-refueling-evs-as-fast-as-pumping-gas/

[8] BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14852073

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