UCI Student Invents a Battery That Lasts 400 Years
April 4, 2019, 16:20
A University Of California student has come up with an invention that could change the modern world. Serendipity, that’s what it may be called as she accidentally has invented a battery that literally lasts a lifetime. She says her invention is just one step closer to becoming a reality.
Mya Le Thai, a research student who has been working on how to make nanowire rechargeable batteries says that theoretically, her discovery may end the charging woes of the world-lasting about 400 years. And its not just the phone batteries we are talking about, even car batteries and everything your imagination can think of.
The discovery was made while she was studying the properties of nanowire for commercial batteries. Reginald Penner, the head of the department of chemistry added that Thai’s discovery is crazy and could well potentially be the invention of the decade.
Normally, the gold filaments lose integrity after 5,000 to 6,000 recharge cycles and the battery dies. A nanowire is a thousand times thinner than a human hair and the increased surface area of the wire allows greater storage and incredible transferring capacity for electrons.
Thai was able to create a circuit that could hold 200,000 charge cycles in a time period of three months of testing. The most amazing thing is that during this time there was no loss in performance or any discharge of energy.
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