New Structure Allows Lithium Ion Batteries to Get a Quicker Charge


QUICK CHARGE: A new technology could allow more rapid charging of the lithium ion batteries in everything from cellphones to new electric cars. Image: J. Ash Bowie, via Wikimedia Commons

A new technology could create a much more rapid charging time for lithium ion batteries

A research group at the University of Illinois has developed technology that may have lasting implications for electric vehicles (EVs) and other electronics.

The group, led by Paul Braun, a professor of material sciences and engineering, has come up with technology that creates a much more rapid charging time for lithium-ion batteries, which power electronics like cellphones, laptops and defibrillators. Lithium-ion batteries also power EVs, which can take all night to charge at home and up to an hour to charge at EV stations.

Braun’s findings, published last week in an online version of the journal Nature Nanotechnology, could lead to an EV charging time comparable to that for filling a tank of gas. Smaller objects like cell phones could charge in well under a minute, Braun said.

“We have batteries in the lab that can charge in tens of seconds,” he said.

Joey Peters, ClimateWire, Scientific American

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2 Responses to New Structure Allows Lithium Ion Batteries to Get a Quicker Charge

  1. Joshua says:

    You know Alan, I actually wrote about this very subject earlier today on my own blog. This article has given me some food for thought and I feel that you have made lots of interesting points. I wish I’d discovered it prior to posting my own blog post!

    • Alan Burke says:

      Joshua I cannot claim credit for the ideas expressed and I’m glad that you liked what was said but it’s not original with me.

      I seek to find and present a wide range of ideas – I’m a generalist, not a specialist, and my preferred mission is to try to broaden the range of discussion based on reality rather than unsubstantiated opinion.

      But I do thank you for visiting and I’d very much like to see your follow-up. You might like to see what Jacobson & Delucchi have to say about sustainable energy – just enter the search term “wind” into the search bar on the right. 🙂

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