Cheaper, Faster, Safer: New Battery Charges In 1 Minute – 7 April 2015

Stanford scientists have invented a flexible, high-performance aluminum battery that charges in about 1 minute. (Image by Mark Shwartz, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University)
Stanford scientists have invented a flexible, high-performance aluminum battery that charges in about 1 minute. (Image by Mark Shwartz, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University)

A new battery developed at Stanford may well revolutionize personal technology. It charges in a minute, lasts thousands of cycles and is much safer than current commercial models. Right now it lacks capacity, but its creators say it’s a work in progress.

“We have developed a rechargeable aluminum battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames,” said Hongjie Dai, a chemistry professor at Stanford.

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