Tired of charging your smartphone’s/notebook’s large battery for hours until the pack tops up? well apparently a team of researchers at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea has developed a special kind of li-ion battery that can be charged in just minutes, instead of hours.
According to these scientists, they have developed a method for charging large lithium-ion batteries — such as those found inside electric cars, — in just a few minutes instead of many hours. Current batteries are built in such a way that doesn’t allow the charge to reach every part of the battery directly, which is the main cause for long complete charging intervals.
South Korean researcher’s methodology involves the placement of the battery cells in a special graphite solution which creates a dense network of conductors throughout the electrodes of the battery. This dense structure will contain a big network of smaller anode/cathode groups that are squeezed tightly together. This way, the modified battery will charge evenly throughout its entire structure, rather than charging progressively inward from the terminals.
At the moment it’s unknown if this technology would be applicable to smaller Li-ion batteries found in smartphones and tablets alongside big sized batteries. The research team also mentioned that it will probably take about 10 years before this new discovery will become available for mass production.
The time for this research to transform into reality is indeed quite long, if no other technology (like hydrogen cells) become a reality, this research might be the only option left to optimize charging time and life. Are you looking forward to this technology.