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Breakthrough: New Lithium Ion Battery with Superfast Charging Capability and Longer Lifespan

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Scientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have invented a new type of lithium-ion battery that is able to recharge up to 70 percent in only two minutes. By replacing the traditionally used graphite with a titanium dioxide based gel, the nanostructure of the new material helps speed up the chemical reactions that occur within the battery and thus provide superfast charging. Not only is the new material used cheaper and abundant, the batteries also have a longer lifespan of over 20 years, which is 20 times more than existing batteries. Overall, this breakthrough could helps owners of electric vehicles save on battery replacement costs and allow for development of new applications in electric mobility and energy storage.
Date & Source: October 16, 2014, Reneweconomy