Batteries are the most common issue that has been experienced by many of us while using any electronic devices. The reason is because the battery lasts for a short period of time and if we are in a mid of taking pictures especially in smartphones/tablets, battery suddenly dies. But what if we say researchers have come up with a solution that will long last your batteries.
Well, the researchers at Stanford have discovered a way that will extend the life of lithium batteries by using silicon, so that the battery can hold a charge. Though silicon has a problem i.e. it has a nasty habit of swelling and breaking, and it also reacts to the electrolytes in the cells and at the end, ruins the circuitry.So, how to overcome it?
Well, silicon can still be very useful when it comes to recharging batteries as researchers at Stanford seems to be inspired by the clusters of pomegranate seeds, and has came out with a solution to prevent swelling in the cells of batteries. In order to prevent swelling, the silicon nanowires are covered with carbon yolks that allow for swelling on the part of the silicon. The yolks are arranged like pomegranate shells so that the electricity can flow while keeping the silicon protected.
As per Yi Cui, a Professor of Stanford University, “While a couple of challenges remain, this design brings us closer to using silicon anodes in smaller, lighter and more powerful batteries for products like cell phones, tablets and electric cars. Experiments showed our pomegranate-inspired anode operates at 97 percent capacity even after 1,000 cycles of charging and discharging, which puts it well within the desired range for commercial operation”.
It seems that it will take quiet sometime to perfect this method, so we can just wait and watch for this batteries to arrive in our electronic gadgets and increase its life 10 times longer. What do you think?
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