After battery fires sparked the recall of almost two million Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones, researchers from Stanford University have found a way to develop safer alternatives to flammable liquid electrolytes used in lithium-ion batteries. The volatile liquids utilized in most electronic devices could be replaced by solid electrolytes. The list of almost two dozen electrolytes was inspired by techniques adapted from artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
Researchers from the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering are developing a cheap and energy-efficient way to use fossilized algae to create lithium-ion batteries, which could someday fuel electric vehicles and other electronic devices.
Elon Musk gives a sneak preview of Tesla's billion dollar gigafactory in Nevada.
Vanderbilt researchers recently modified batteries by adding millions of quantum dots made from iron pyrite, or fool's gold. This not only allows the enhanced batteries to charge faster, but also endure more charge cycles.
Most people in a hurry don't have time to wait hours for their iPhones, iPads or even electric cars to fully charge. But with a new design of lithium-ion batteries, you don't have to; they reboot portable electronics in as little as 10 minutes.