Safer Solid Glass Battery

Safer Solid Glass Battery

A new and more powerful type of battery has sodium as its basic element.

For all of us frustrated with our devices' battery life there might be some good news from ninety-four-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, came up with an idea for a new battery that might shatter the limits of what we currently use.

Professor Goodenough claims, his new battery holds three times more energy, can be charged quickly, does not explode and function without problems at low temperatures. His new development could not have come at a better time, for the lithium-ion battery he co-invented back in 1980 is showing signs of its limitations when used in power hungry devices we have today.

The current lithium-ion batteries use liquid electrolytes, professor Goodenough's idea is to replace this liquid with glass, which should eliminate the possibility of it combusting. The best part of this development is that the battery will cost cheaper, as it replaces the lithium with sodium as a key material, according to Fortune.

Though it may be true that lithium is not that rare, it is still much harder to come by than sodium that can be extracted from seawater. His latest breakthrough, according to UT News, is completed with Cockrell School senior research fellow Maria Helena Braga. Their new technology is discussed in a recent paper published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science.

Source: universityherald.comAdded: 8 March 2017

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