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Batteries that Recharge in Seconds

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 7:38am
By Katherine Bourzac

A new way of making battery electrodes based on nanostructured metal foams has been used to make a lithium-ion battery that can be 90 percent charged in two minutes. If the method can be commercialized, it could lead to laptops that charge in a few minutes or cell phones that charge in 30 seconds.

The methods used to make the ultrafast-charging electrodes are compatible with a range of battery chemistries; the researchers have also used them to make nickel-metal-hydride batteries, the kind commonly used in hybrid and electric vehicles.

To read the entire article visit: http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/37324/?ref=rss&a=f

Article Source: Technology Review, published by MIT

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