TAG: Batteries

Unusual Places To Look For Battery Power

Unusual Places To Look For Battery Power

Extending electronic life and juicing up gadgets, batteries and power storage are vital to everyday life. There are innovative designs that make batteries more efficient, but those are probably much different than the following scientific discoveries. The world of technology has a covert side that one research team has found out. As discussed in New Scientist, behind our plugged-in gear lives a whole spectrum of life that can actually be used for power. By gathering sea sediment and placing battery electrodes into it, researchers found that along with bacteria living cells will begin to appear. When combined with filaments, which… read more

Recycling Nuclear Waste

Nuclear Recycling

Nuclear energy is often the only hope for power generation in countries without large deposits of fossil fuels. However, the presence of nuclear power plants compromise the security of that country, and most struggle to adequately dispose of the waste materials. Cumbria based British Sellafield has come up with an idea whereby nuclear waste is the key element. Nuclear waste in British plants mostly contains americium-241, and the organization plans to use this nuclear waste element to power long range spacecraft. This method of using nuclear waste is based on a design used in the Voyager probes, launched in 1977.  Even the popular… read more

Fruit Energy

Fruit Energy

Fruit can provide some amazing things. It is full of healthful properties and has a multitude of uses. It may seem like an entry level science experiment, but the fruit battery is a pretty neat project. Artist Caleb Charland has taken the fruit powered battery to the next level with his long exposure photography shots. An interesting project in the line of artwork-meets-science-lab, his Back to Light collection showcases how the naturally created batteries can generate enough electricity to provide the lighting for photographs. Charland stated about the series: “…my hope is that these photographs function as micro utopias by… read more

Charge Your Phone In 5 Seconds

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Graphene is an amazing technology. It’s biodegradable, flexible, super-conducting, and will literally change the world. In the next few years as the technology is refined, we’ll discover an entire array of possible uses, including the ability to charge your cellphone in seconds, your car in minutes, and after that? Well, I suppose we’ll have to wait around and see. In the meantime, check out how this technology is even possible:

New Battery Could Enable Cheaper Energy Storage

New Battery Could Enable Cheaper Energy Storage

A new type of rechargeable flow battery engineered by MIT researchers, which doesn’t require costly membranes in order to store and generate electricity, may prove to be a key component in developing cost-effective large scale energy storage. The lack of affordable and efficient methods for storing both solar and wind energy during peak generation times, in order to later release it during periods of high demand, has often been touted as one of the stumbling blocks to further renewable energy penetration. But if the new rechargeable flow battery developed at MIT can be further refined and scaled up, it could… read more

Rice Husks Could Lead to Longer Battery Life

Rice Husks Could Lead to Longer Battery Life

An agricultural waste product, such as rice husks, is an unlikely source for a material that could lead to better, and longer lasting, batteries. But the results of a recent study suggest that those same rice husks could one day be used to produce silicon anodes for lithium batteries. Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) were recently able to convert the silica from rice husks into pure silicon, and then fashioned it into anodes for a high-capacity lithium-ion battery. The resulting battery exhibited no reduction of capacity after 200 charge cycles, which suggests that the… read more

Greener Batteries Could Be Made From Plants

Greener Batteries Could Be Made From Plants

The roots from a plant may someday be used to make greener batteries. That is what scientists who discovered that purpurin, a substance that can be extracted from the root of the madder plant, found. The group of researchers learned that it is possible to make rechargeable lithium ion batteries from this material as it can be implemented as a natural cathode. The plant, categorically known as Rubia tinctorum, has traditionally been used as a natural dye. When examining ways to use organic molecule properties and their capacity to work with lithium ion, they discovered purpurin’s effectiveness as a better rechargeable… read more

3D Printed Batteries as Small as a Grain of Sand

3D Printed Batteries as Small as a Grain of Sand

In the quest for smaller and smaller devices, some of our technology has kept pace, while others, such as tiny batteries for mobile devices, have not. But a recent breakthrough of a microbattery the size of a grain of sand hints at the next generation of tiny energy storage devices. A team of researchers have successfully built a tiny lithium-ion microbattery by using a 3D-printer to precisely print interlaced stacks of electrodes that are thinner than a human hair. The team, based at Harvard University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, first developed specialized inks that are both electrochemically active… read more

Recharging Non-Rechargeable Batteries

Recharging Non-Rechargeable Batteries

Batteries are one thing that a lot of us depend on. Many people don’t know that a potential charge or two can be left behind in alkaline batteries that were thought to have run their course. There are products available to help extract that last bit of power, and you can also make your own battery reviver at home with a few supplies to extend their lifespan and also prolong their trip to the recycler for as long as possible. The Battery Wizard for alkaline batteries is one example of a product on the market to bring back non-rechargeables another… read more

Lithium Deposit In Wyoming

Large deposit of lithium

A new lithium deposit discovered in southwest Wyoming could be enough to cover the annual U.S. lithium demand–and then some. Right now, 80% of all lithium in the United States comes from imports from countries such as Bolivia, which, incidentally, has enough lithium to power 4.8 billion electric cars. It also doesn’t hurt that lithium can be recycled from batteries, unlike oil which disappears completely. Even with these facts, some people still fear that we could eventually run out of lithium. Still, analysts suggest that our demand for lithium, as it increases, will lower prices, and that we should be good for… read more