So researchers at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) were just playing around one day and figured out how to make lithium-ion batteries last for over 200,000 charge cycles with no loss of capacity or power and without any damage to the battery.
This just fascinates me! Can you imagine never having to replace your cell phone, tablet, or laptop battery again? Not to mention the other applications such a battery would have in electric cars and for homes!
One of the most intriguing things about this new technology is it should not add any significant costs to the same batteries we use today. What an incredible time to be alive!
University of California doctoral student Mya Le Thai holds a nanowire device that has the potential to enable hundreds of thousands of recharges in a lithium-ion battery. Credit: Steve Zylius/UCI