Published on May 1st, 2013 | by Andrew Krasniak
New Lithium-Ion “Dream Battery” in Development
Researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a battery with 2,000 times the storage capacity that charges 1,000 times faster than the lithium-ion batteries currently available. This “dream battery” promises to shift paradigms and allow evolutionary advances in mobile technology. Should the design prove feasible, the lithium-ion batteries in our mobile devices could become a fraction of the size and exponentially more powerful.
Late last year, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign became one of five U.S. universities to receive a Department of Energy grant to help develop a rechargeable battery feasible for commercial production with five times the storage capacity of current batteries within the next five years. In addition to the $120 million research grant, the Department of Energy also created the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, which partners research universities with corporations in the private sector to help move cutting-edge technology from the lab into production as quickly as possible. While a “dream battery” for consumer electronics might still be a few years off, the cooperative efforts between academia and industry in this area is certainly a promising development.