Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Prototype nanodot smartphone battery which charges in 30 seconds



Prototype nanodot smartphone battery which charges in 30 seconds 

An Israeli start-up company, StoreDot, recently showed off a smartphone battery which charges in 30 seconds. The battery is a prototype with nanodot-based technology and as you might expect, the company have high plans for mass producing it. It has been said that the technology could change the way that people interact with their phones and other portable electronic equipment.
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[Image Courtesy of StoreDot]
Charging smartphones and other electronics can take a long time and this is down to the fact that the chemical reactions that take place to provide energy has to be reversed and cannot be rushed.
StoreDot could be about to change all this with the radically new design that they have made advancements with, which could mean charging times could be as little as a few seconds.


 The company are behind nanodots, these are bio-organic peptide molecules, which have been chemically synthesized. Due to them being small in size they have electrode capacitance along with electrolyte performance that has been improved upon. This means that it could take a battery just seconds to fully recharge as opposed to several hours.
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[Image Courtesy of StarDot]
The CEO of StoreDot, Doron Myersdorf, said ‘In essence, we have developed a new generation of electrodes with new materials – we call it MFE – Multi Function Electrode.” He went on to say “On one side it acts like a supercapacitor (with very fast charging), and on the other is like a lithium electrode (with slow discharge). The electrolyte is modified with our nanodots in order to make the multifunction electrode more effective.
There are other quantum-dot and nanodot technologies out there but the CEO said that these are heavily based on metal and this makes the tech toxic. The technology the company makes nanodots with is comprised of a huge range of raw bio-organic materials which are friendly to the environment. These raw materials are said to be abundant and to self-assembling thanks to having a basic biological mechanism. This means that they are cheap enough for the company to make them.
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[Image Courtesy of StarDot]
The batteries self-discharge in a way that is like that of the lithium-ion cells. StarDot are aiming for a battery capacity of about 2,000mAh, which is around that of the average battery found in a smartphone, for their first prototype.
The CEO went on to say that the tech could also be changed for use in electric cars. The electrodes could be altered allowing it to have higher currents, along with the use of many cells together.
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[Image Courtesy of StarDot]
StarDot is applying for patents for the new battery design and they are planning on starting mass production of them for use in smartphones at some point in the latter half of 2016.


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