Lithium-Sulfur Leading as the Future of Batteries
Lithium-ion batteries have been the go-to battery for rechargeable devices for many years. They are the most efficient choice that can be utilized for any purposes from small devices to large scale machines such as cars. However, even the latest phone models last about one to two days on moderate use. Battery performance also deteriorate through time which makes a full charge barely enough for a day on a year-old phone. Now, imagine a battery capable of powering your phone continuously for five days. Researchers from Monash University are excited on commercializing a new Lithium-Sulfur battery capable of that feat.
Lithium-Sulfur batteries date back to the 1960s. Even with their higher energy density than most batteries, their high cost and potential hazard made consumers pass on them. An international research team led by Dr Mahdokht Shaibani from Monash University's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering developed an ultra-high capacity Li-S battery that has better performance claiming four times as efficient as current batteries available. Their patented manufacturing process have already been supported by the Australian government and multiple international industries. Furthermore, the manufacturing process shows less environmental impact than current lithium-ion batteries.
The applications of this technology are almost limitless. In an age of electronics, the demand for a better power source will only increase as devices advance. This new battery will allow longer usages and greater capabilities. The only barrier left is time as the battery is just waiting to be distributed to the world.
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