10 times more charge for lithium-ion batteries

A group or researchers have formulated a way of increasing the capacity of lithium-ion batteries. The team lead by Yi Cui at Stanford University, has build a substrate out of silicon nanowiers capable of holding ten times more lithium compared to a carbon solution. Ten times more lithium means 10 times more charge. The findings are discussed in a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology on December 16th titled “High-performance lithium battery anodes using silicon nanowires.” This new technology is exciting because not only could it be applied to consumer electronics, but more importantly in applications such as electrical cars or storage devices for solar energy. A patent has been filed and hopefully the technology can become available shortly.

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