Researchers at the University of Leeds have developed a new polymer jelly.The jelly replaces the volatile and hazardous liquid electrolyte currently used in most lithium batteries.
Once commercialized, this innovation could make batteries of the future safer, cheaper, smaller and more powerful. The technology could lead to thinner and lighter notebook computers and more efficient batteries for electric cars. It will also reduce the risk of leakage and overheating which is a serious concern for notebook manufacturers.
Dell and HP had to issue recall warnings for their notebook batteries which were deemed unsafe as they could overheat and pose a fire hazard. There is no release date for these new jelly batteries but the design has been licensed by the American Polystor Energy Corporation, which is now conducting industrial trials.
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