Ariel Schwartz

"Ultra-Battery" is World's Most Powerful Non-Nuclear Storage Battery

by , 07/06/10
filed under: green gadgets

super battery, washington state, energy, fuel cell, energy storage, green design

Forget today’s primitive energy storage devices — one day we may use “ultra batteries” made out of xenon and fluoride. Currently under development at Washington State University, these ultra-batteries can store more condensed energy than any other type of battery in existence.

super battery, washington state, energy, fuel cell, energy storage, green design

Researchers at Washington State developed the battery by placing xenon difluoride (a white crystal often used to etch silicon conductors) in a tiny diamond anvil cell (measuring two inches by three inches). The cell squeezed the xenon difluoride molecules to a million atmospheres of pressure — the same amount of pressure found halfway to the center of the planet — and triggered the molecules to store mechanical energy from the compression process as chemical energy that can be used in a number of applications.

If the research pans out, expect super-batteries to dominate the fuel cell market of the future.

+ Washington State University

Via Nature Chemistry and io9

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5 Comments

  1. ebikewannabe March 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I’d like an electric bike conversion kit with one of these batteries too, if it’ll work and be safe to the environment.

  2. Pawel August 1, 2010 at 6:28 am

    Honourable Members.
    I write from the Polish.I am interested in the bike batteries.I have a question:whether the battery can produce electricity?

  3. B58 July 11, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Great to see further developments of different energy storage. I to am curious about the long term enviromental impact of Xenon, however this compound would have to be pretty bad to be worse than current impact of lead/acid and Lithium Batteries. Can this Xenon battery be recycled?

  4. Milli July 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    And where and how do we dispose of these batteries? How harmful are they to the environment? Let\\\’s remember that xenon displaces oxygen which is a source of life. Enough xenon on this planet can cause much problems in the long run.

  5. davidwayneosedach July 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Just what we need for our electric cars! I hope this batteries are available soon.

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