[Trending Now] Student Accidentally Made A Rechargeable Battery That Will Definitely Last For 400 Years! Amazing!
Accidents are prone everywhere. There are times that you accidentally bump into a car. Other times you accidentally fall in love. There ar...
Accidents are prone everywhere. There are times that you accidentally bump into a car. Other times you accidentally fall in love. There are also times what you accidentally did turned into something that will definitely change your life. For instance, a scientific discovery.
Mya Le Thai, a doctoral student from the University of California had this accident that you would not believe. At the university’s lab, she was playing around when she accidentally hit upon the ideal from to make a battery that you can charge repeatedly and it can last for 400 years.
The real experiment that the researchers are doing is that nano wires will be used in batteries. But unfortunately, what they found out is that they would break if it is charged multiple times. What Thai did is manganese dioxide and Plexiglas-like electrolyte gel will coated to a set of gold nano wires.
“She started to cycle these gel capacitors, and that’s when we got the surprise. She said, ‘this thing has been cycling 10,000 cycles and it’s still going.’ She came back few days later and said it’s been cycling for 30,000 cycles. That kept going for a month,” Reginald Penner said, chair of the University’s Chemistry Department.
This is going to be a huge development knowing that an average battery of a laptop can only last for 300-500 cycles of charging. Thai’s contraption has went through 200,000 charging cycles in three months and only 5% of its capacity got lost. This could only mean that an average laptop could now last up to 400 years!
Commonly, the electrolyte gel, gold nanowires and the manganese dioxide will make the price of the battery high. So, researchers came up with the suggestion of substituting a nickel to be able to produce more. The said alternative was tested. With this being deployed, imagine how the new long-lasting battery will decrease the amount of waste made by old batteries!