Scientists are developing a new battery, which is predicted to last for months rather than days, it will be 100 times more powerful than existing ones.
A group of engineers at the Illinois University are developing the new battery, which will have “nanotubes” instead of metal wiring.
The scientists think using these nanotubes — carbon tubes 10,000 times smaller than a human hair — the battery’s life could be increased by up to 100 times.
“I think anyone who is dealing with a lot of chargers and plugging things in every night can relate to wanting a cell phone or laptop whose batteries can last for weeks or months,” said Eric Pop, of Illinois University’s Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, who led the research.
Pop claimed that their research could in the future create a mobile device that would see a massively extended battery life, possibly to the point that it could run by harvesting thermal or solar energy rather than relying on a battery.
“It could also prove groundbreaking for devices much bigger than mobile phones or portable computers” Pop said.
“We’re not just talking about lightening our pockets or purses,” he explained.
“This is also important for anything that has to operate on a battery, such as satellites, telecommunications equipment in remote locations, or any number of scientific and military applications.”