Norwegian researchers believe they have cracked a code that can give electric cars, mobile telephones, electronic tablets and other technology much higher batter capacity.
“You can say that we found the X-factor we were looking for,” Arve Holt, research director at Norway’s Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) wrote in a press release. “This can have enormous potential.”
News bureau NTB reported that the technology researchers at IFE in Kjeller outside Oslo have worked towards can be used in lithium batteries, which are those used in many electronic devices and electric cars. They think it can contribute to battery capacity that can give electric cars a range of 1,000 kilometers (600 miles), and mobile phones that won’t need recharging for several days.
The IFE researchers have been investigating possibilities to use silisium in batteries instead of the graphite used today. The silisium, they say, has 10 times the capacity of graphite but also loses it more quickly. Now the researchers have come up with a silisium blend that yields higher capacity over a more stable period of time.