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Teen Invents Supercharger Ten Times More Powerful Than Conventional Batteries, Captures Google Attention

May 19, 2013 09:40 PM EDT
Esha Khare
Esha Khare, Indian American student wins at Intel Science Fair.
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In all, she is just a teenage, but unlikely most teens, Esha Khare, a 12th grade student of Lynbrook High School in San Jose, California, can boast having captured not only one of the top prizes at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, but also the attention of Google.

Khare invented a revolutionary technique which has allowed her to charge electronic devices in no longer than 20 seconds.

Khare's supercapacitor was placed among the top three at the fair, which resulted in the 18-year-old teen from Saratoga pocketing $50,000, according to the Dailymail.

The invention is expected to render the sometimes hours long phone charging business a thing of the past. The device accumulates more energy into a smaller space than traditional phone batteries and holds the charge for longer.

Even though, at this point, Khare has only used her supercacipator to power a light-emitting diode or LED, the California teen sees a bright future that one day will see her invention powering cellphones, cars and any gadget that requires a rechargeable battery.

For that reason, the search giant Google has been in contact with Khare to explore how she plans to change the makeup of cell phone battery life.

According to CBS San Francisco, Khare, who is going to Harvard, considers this just the beginning, and that she will 'be setting the world on fire' from here.

'My cellphone battery always dies,' Khare told NBC News when asked what inspired her to work on the energy-storage technology.

Specializing in nanochemistry allowed Khare to reduve the size of her invention. 'Really working at the nanoscale to make significant advances in many different fields.'
'It is also flexible, so it can be used in rollup displays and clothing and fabric,' the teen continued.

'It has a lot of different applications and advantages over batteries in that sense.'

The device is flexible and tiny, and is able to handle 10,000 recharge cycles, more than normal batteries by a factor of 10.

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