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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Foam 3D Batteries May Be In Our Future
While batteries have improved greatly over the years, there hasn't been a huge leap in technology, at least until now.
An article in MIT Technology Review covers a new battery process called a "3D" battery that's actually composed of a foam. This process is taken to an operational level by a new company called Prieto Battery based on technology developed at Colorado State University.
Traditional 2D batteries have a limited storage capacity and are slow to charge because the electron flow is on a single plane. They also present a toxicity problem due the liquid electrolyte used.
Prieto's 3D battery has more surface area in the same space, allowing multi-dimensional electron movement, which translates to more energy, more capacity, faster charging, and a longer battery life.
The hazardous liquid electrolyte used in standard lithium batteries is also eliminated, as the Prieto battery uses only non-toxic citric acid.
Check out this video for a more detailed explanation.