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Graphene model - a crystalline structure in a hexagonal grid

Graphene batteries

Creating high energy and non-toxic battery power.


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  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Physical Computing

Our technology is accelerating us towards an increasingly miniature, powerful and mobile future: and until recently, batteries have often been a necessity which has slowed us down. Earlier this year, however, researchers at UCLA announced they have developed a battery made from a revolutionary new material which could change everything.

Graphene, a single layer of carbon one atom thick, was first described in 1962 but only manufactured for the first time in 2004. Since then its remarkable properties – the "strongest material in the world", completely flexible, more conductive than copper – have presented scientists and engineers with an intoxicating range of possibilities.

In this case, the technique developed at UCLA offers the prospect of batteries which are inexpensive, non-toxic and incredibly efficient. They will mean you can charge your phone in five seconds, or a laptop in 30, while electric vehicles could run far longer than current vehicles and recharge in a fraction of the time. The graphene battery has the potential to power its very own wave of technical innovations.

Image 'Model of graphene structure' courtesy of CORE-Materials

Last updated: 09th of May, 2014

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