American scientists have created a lithium battery that does not catch fire and can work perfectly in technological devices
In New York City alone there were more than 200 incidents involving lithium battery explosions in 2022. These batteries are extremely useful in our lives by being present on mobile phones, computers and many more devices, but also dangerous due to the risk of explosion that accompanies them. Fortunately, researchers have discovered a solution so these lithium batteries are much safer.
Specifically, researchers from Clemson University and Hunan University have developed a lithium battery capable of putting out fire caused by its own explosion. Thus, the fire would be avoided that comes later, which can be large even when the battery that explodes belongs to a mobile phone or a tablet.
A lithium battery capable of putting out its own fire
The report by the researchers, published in Nature and reported by New Atlas, reveals how the creation of this innovative lithium battery was created. As the experts explain, they have replaced the usual flammable electrolytic fluid with a modified version of 3M Novec 7300a fluid that also transfers heat, but is not flammable.
It’s simple modification with a popular coolant that can be purchased affordably led the developers to the creation of this peculiar battery. The tests have taken place with both lithium and potassium batteries, and all of them have managed to avoid the fire even when they have been subjected to the nail penetration test.
Using 3M Novec 7300 fluid does not prevent lithium batteries from exploding, but it does prevent them from catching fire after the explosion. This simple fact offers a greater security for all users of electronic devices, even landfills are more dangerous because of these batteries. Furthermore, it seems that implementing this new type of batteries in the market it would be very simpleor at least that’s how the researchers explain it:
“Since our alternative electrolyte has similar physical properties to currently used electrolytes, it can be easily integrated with current battery production lines. If adopted by the industry, we hope that companies will be able to manufacture non-flammable batteries using their current battery facilities. lithium ions”.
As we mentioned above, the alternative electrolyte has a affordable cost, an aspect that would also facilitate its introduction in future batteries. Therefore, it seems that all the factors are well aligned to facilitate these safe lithium batteries. reach the market in not many years.
Microsoft has also recently discovered the material that could change batteries forever. Using AI and supercomputing, researchers have found a material that would allow creating more stable batterieswith lower risk of explosion and with less lithium. We are still facing a project in development, so it is unknown if these batteries could be a reality on the market.
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