A new type of lithium-ion battery has been designed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, that could one day be used to store solar energy, and potentially even power a solar cell.
The battery has the potential to revolutionize how batteries store energy, because it can store energy in a form that could be transported with electricity and stored for months at a time, said Joshua Kuehn, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC Berkeley and the lead author of a paper describing the battery.
Kueehn and his colleagues developed the battery by combining two materials in a way that allows them to store energy as long as the materials hold their electrical properties.
“We were able to combine the two materials to form the battery,” Kueuhn said.
“You can store all the energy you want in one battery.”
The combination of graphene and lithium-polymer batteries has a long history of applications.
It has been used in some of the world’s largest electronic devices, from cell phones to laptops, and it can be used in a variety of other devices.
“It’s really important to keep an eye on these materials,” said Brian Lattner, a chemistry professor at the California Institute of Technology.
Lattners lab has worked on batteries using graphene, a material found in nature and in nature’s greatest invention, the moon.
Larger batteries have been used to power light-emitting diodes and lasers.
The new battery uses graphene, which is found in plants and other plants, in a battery that stores energy in the form of lithium.
The scientists said they think they are close to having a material that can handle large amounts of energy, which could be useful for power generation.
The researchers also demonstrated the battery’s ability to store and transfer electricity to the solar cells on a chip.
“The battery can store electricity for months or years at a stretch, which will allow the batteries to be used as a storage system in a cell,” Kuerhn said in a statement.
“If you want to store electricity, you want it in the battery.”
Researchers say the batteries could be used not just for storage, but also for powering solar cells, since lithium-sulfur batteries have the potential for powering many other solar panels.
The findings were published online Wednesday in Nature Nanotechnology.
“In addition to a huge number of applications, the battery could also be used for a variety that we haven’t yet considered,” Kuhn told ABC News.
“One of the things that we’re working on is the application of graphene as a thin film that can be made into a flexible film that will be able to carry light, to be able carry light and be able transfer light to the cells that are the cells of the solar cell.”
The new material has been a hot topic in the solar research community for years, and researchers have made some notable discoveries with the material, including one that demonstrated it can hold more charge than conventional lithium-metal batteries, but that it has no good charge transfer capability.
The team also made a prototype of the battery that has some serious drawbacks.
In the prototype, the researchers used a technique called electron bombardment to create graphene oxide, which produces a supercapacitor.
The supercapacsitors are essentially tiny magnets that are attached to a metal.
The magnets are capable of transferring electrons to the supercapacer in a very specific way.
“When you attach these supercapacers to the metal, you get a magnetically charged state,” said Kuehn.
“And if you don’t attach them properly, you end up with a superconductor, which can lead to a very bad situation.”
A supercapuctor is also a problem with other materials that can also hold energy, like carbon, he said.
That means that the new material could also have a problem when it comes to energy storage.
The next step for the researchers is to try to improve the superconditions to make the batteries conductive.
The current work focused on the graphene electrode that they used, but they also hope to make more graphene-based electrodes.
“There are many things we need to improve on to improve our batteries and the performance of our batteries,” Küehn said, adding that he is hopeful that the materials they developed can be commercialized.