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Breathing batteries

New developments in Li-air battery technology holds a lot of potential for computing, electric cars

By: | Published: May 27, 2016 7:33 AM

One of the most-used expressions of the digital age is “My battery is dying.” While researchers have increased capacities, they have not been able to catch up with heavy computing. But a team of scientists from the University of Texas, Dallas, may have found the answer to our battery woes, in creating a new soluble compound for Lithium-Air (Li-air) batteries, which can store power five times more than the ubiquitous Li-ion batteries. According to the International Business Times, the new electrolyte catalyst generates power on contact with oxygen and has many advantages over conventional solid catalysts used today. The idea of Li-air has been around since the 1970s but it was only in 1995 when the Li-air tech was developed. Technology developments and new materials discovered since then have led to faster development of Li-air batteries.

Li-air batteries can change the future of computing, though they are still a few years away from becoming common. Scientists earlier this year created Li-air batteries that are flexible. Li-air cells can not only usher in a new era for electronic wearables and foldable mobile phones, but also for transportation by increasing power capacity for electric vehicles. Being a more potent battery, Li-air can solve the problems for the likes of Tesla and Apple that are working on electric cars that at present can run for a few hundred miles on a single charge.

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