Saturday, March 14, 2009

MIT Battery - Gerbrand Ceder

On the March 12, 2009 Yahoo Tech News I read the article: New Lithium Battery Could Take Seconds to Charge (PC Magazine).

The article originates on MIT's site: Re-engineered battery material could lead to rapid recharging of many devices where I found the image.

In my searching though I found an even earlier MIT article from 2006: MIT powers up new battery for hybrid cars. This article has more information about how the new battery actually works.

Gerbrand Ceder is the Richard P. Simmons Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and the lead researcher.

The big thing about this battery is that it can be recharged very rapidly, as much as 1000 times faster than recharging a conventional Lithium battery. Interestingly in the 2006 article the battery is reportedly capable of 10 times faster charging. So I guess in three years the researchers improved the performance by two orders of magnitude. Pretty good I'd say.

However, there is no need to wait for one of these things because Ceder is quoted as saying the battery might "... make it to the marketplace within two to three years."

In thinking about it I wish we didn't have so many different batteries. I wish we didn't have so many chargers, too. And I wish we didn't have to pretty nearly have a power strip for every power outlet.

I did wonder when I read the article though if this would not lead to a pretty good increase in productivity because I think there are a whole lot of folks spending a whole lot of time charging batteries if we are any indication.

On a completely different subject ninety-two years ago today my dad was born.


Lori1955 said...

Ah yes, wouldn't it be nice if there was just one type of battery, one charger and one AC adapter to fit everything. I guess though it's all a matter of making money.

Happy birthday to your dad. I hope it isn't bringing up sad memories for you.

~Betsy said...

Happy birthday to your dad, Flinty.

Discoveries and research at MIT always fascinates me. Such brilliant minds!

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