The Wet Road to Fast and Stable Batteries

Fast and Stable Batteries

This is a source that I was interested in because another challenge in the world of chemical engineering is creating more powerful rechargeable batteries that do not degrade as fast as the batteries in a cell phone. Most cell phone batteries are called lithium ion batteries, which can hold a lot of energy, but have some costly effects. The first effect is how many times you can recharge a battery before the battery starts to lose its charge. The normal lithium-ion battery can be recharged about 350 times without losing much battery life. This is why phone batteries start losing charge super fast around a year after purchasing the phone. The other negative effect of the lithium-ion battery is that when they get too hot, they have the potential to start on fire. This new type of battery, called a Lithium-Titanate Hydride, is capable of storing massive amounts of energy at only a 10% decrease in battery life after a ten thousand charges, or about 30 years worth of charges (10,000/365). The best thing about these batteries is that they can be heated to certain temperatures to achieve varying effects on the battery’s energy capacity and lifespan. I think that I could use this research as a new way that scientists have found  to store mass amounts of excess solar energy.

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