After the incidents associated with the bursting of batteries in electronic devices, Stanford University researchers have now developed nonflammable lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
According to the research team, these batteries are designed to automatically shut down upon reaching the limit where battery temperature can cause battery burst.
This invention is the good news for people who are fond of using electronic devices that rely on rechargeable batteries. These incombustible batteries will not only ensure device’s safety but it would also be safer from injury’s point of view.
Zhenan Bao, researcher from the Stanford’s team, has explained that function of this battery is supported by sensors which immediately turn the battery off before it can swelter. It is the nanotechnology which inhibits the flow of electrons when battery’s temperature reaches the critical limit.
This research has been regarded as a breakthrough because safety issues have been placing hurdles in the production of lithium ion batteries. The inflammable batteries used to get exploded to, sometimes, burn the device completely. Nevertheless, the only reason for the lithium ion batteries to be popular among consumers is their ability to retain huge amount of energy.
According to Stanford University, lithium ion battery’s main contents are electrodes and electrolytes. When electrons start to travel across the battery’s items, they penetrate into the items, resulting in the rise of battery’s temperature. Upon reaching the temperature of 300 degree Fahrenheit, the battery catches fire.
To prevent the battery from catching fire, there are amendments made in the lithium ion batteries. It mainly includes the flame-retardants which are added in battery’s electrolyte.
The researchers from MIT are said to have used a manufacturing technique that would cut the cost of lithium ion batteries by half. They also have claimed to simplify the recycling process of battery. Similarly, Stanford University’s researchers have succeeded in developing a battery that starts giving warning when it starts heating up.
According to the co-author of study, the lithium ion battery becomes dead after it overheats. It is obviously one of the main reasons which prompt the researchers to find a solution in order to enhance the batter’s safety.