The battery can be made from ‘earth-friendly materials’ like sodium, which can be extracted from seawater.
A new longer-lasting battery technology that can’t catch fire has been developed by a team of engineers led by 94-year-old Professor John Goodenough, the co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, the Daily Mail Online reports.
Lithium-ion batteries are one of the most popular types of rechargeable batteries used in many mobile devices, but they can sometimes explode and catch fire – as was the case for Samsung’s Galaxy 7 exploding battery fiasco.
But this new battery technology could increase the distance electric cars can drive for between charges, and recharge within minutes rather than hours.
The new battery technology could be used for mobile devices, electric cars and stationary energy storage. It was developed with Dr Maria Helena Braga, a senior research fellow at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.
The battery is low-cost, all-solid state and noncombustible. It has a long cycle life (battery life) and charges and discharges rapidly.
‘Cost, safety, energy density, rates of charge and discharge and cycle life are critical for battery-driven cars to be more widely adopted,’ Professor Goodenough said.