"The Stanford effort appears to be one of the first to find a new way to improve lithium-ion batteries not by altering the chemistry itself but by adding this self-healing property."
It makes me wonder what studies have been done to conclude that the number of effective charging cycles are reduced because of broken connections versus the battery chemistry itself losing its potential through extended use. While I applaud the concept and can see how it would be helpful when these conditions occur, I don't know enough to understand if this is really a valid solution for general battery use or just a specific failure mode among others. Regardless, the technology is amazing and I admire the work of these researchers - we may very well find some spin-off applications from this research.
I say it will be great to have batteries lasting long while in use, and every one seems 2 be kken 2 see it soon , same goes for me as it will be great not to keep many batteries in resrve for the games, remote , kids toys etc.so looking forward for a rapid development.
That's true, shehan, and what I think is most interesting about this is that while other scientists are working on new chemistries to make batteries last longer, this actually affects the structure of the battery and not the chemistry. It seems also like too easy of a fix for a problem that has been until now seemingly complicated to solve. I guess time will tell.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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