We all know how this story continues, and it is almost never a pretty picture, but imagine this. Instead of a conventional phone battery that charges for hours, your phone is equipped with one that charges in 30 seconds. And before you say it sounds like science fiction, I will tell you that it is very real. An Israeli startup, named StoreDot developed it.
The new battery contains bio-organic “nanodots“, which are essentially 2 nanometers in diameter nano-crystals made of bio-organic peptide molecules, placed in the electrode and the electrolyte. Thanks to a process, which resembles the biological self-assembly, these not only charge the battery from 20 to 100% in 30 seconds, but also ensure that the discharge process takes as much time as that of a typical lithium-ion battery.
The inventors, StoreDot, demonstrate that their novel technology has numerous applications and can completely transform the way conventional smartphones, TV displays, batteries and bio-LEDs work. The incredible electrochemical attributes that the invention has makes it suitable for virtually anything- from electronic devices with a flexible screens to nano-medical technologies, drug delivery and food security labeling.
StoreDot’s technology is seen as “the future of nanotechnology and advanced nano-photonic devices”, as the makers claim. If you still do not believe it, here is a short demonstration video of how it works. Although still a prototype, it has a huge potential, and if it all goes to plan, the nanodot battery and its charger should hit the market in the next two years. In the mean time, the guys will work on reducing the size of the battery and the charger, as well as the capacity of the battery, which is currently far from being competitive with what is now on the market.
Details on who will fund the work have not been released, however it is known that a major Asian smartphone maker has given them $6 million to polish up the invention. Let’s hope that this will be enough for the inventors to bring the technology from the news feeds to the store shelves.
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