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Published on October 1st, 2012 | by Andrew Meggison

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Self-Charging Lithium-Ion Battery Developed By Georgia Tech

 

Self Charging Battery

Georgia Tech has made a self-charging lithium ion battery. This could be a major breakthrough for the electric vehicle (EV) industry, if it can be economized and applied to the auto industry.

Researchers at Georgia Tech started with a simple, coin sized, lithium ion battery and replaced the dividers between the electrodes with a polyvinylidene difluoride film. The films piezoelectric nature makes a charging action inside that gap through just a little pressure with no outside voltage required. Basically, you push on the battery and it charges itself.

The developers tested the battery by placing it in the sole of a shoe; just walking kept the battery charged.

Think about integrating this self-charging lithium ion battery technology into an EV. This takes the idea of regenerative braking to a whole new level. There would be no need to worry about finding a charging station. Hybrids and other fossil fuel vehicles would be a thing of the past. You could continually drive without having to stop to fuel up. The fuels costs for shipping would no longer exist. The list goes on.

Currently there are no plans for distribution as this is just (literaly) the first steps. But the technology is out there and the future is looking a little brighter.

Source: engadget.com

Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison

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Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor's Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master's Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison



  • Chuchundra

    Someone needs to have a chat with you about the second law of thermodynamics, my friend.

  • Bill Rodgers

    What you are describing is a perpetual motion machine. The actual amount of energy generated by the piezoelectric wont offset consumption.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vince.gerardconlon Vince Gerard Conlon

    wait…
    the article does mention a pressure action which could provide a very small amount of energy from the walking action. but that is the key, action still needs to be forced on the so called battery.
    what you go on to discuss, never having to charge again with inlimited charge stops now thats just silly, cause even if you have panels on top of a car they offset a mere 1-4 miles per day, not sufficient enough to drive around forever.

  • t_

    Sorry Andrew, this is not going to happen. These self charging batteries can be used for self – powering small electronics like sensors, but for cars, the piezo – electric charging might provide some energy for the radio, ipod…

  • http://www.stephenhull.com Stephen Hull

    So negative, where is your imagination? The out of the box thinking. Pushing on the petal, pushing on the radio buttons, seating in the seat, Even if it does not offer complete power it will make the car go longer without a charge. Science people need to think a little more positive and a lot more outside that box.

  • Ed

    Guys, this is a break through. Kudos for the researchers. The pressure needed to be exerted to recharge the battery could be applied mechanically by breaking, or electrically through solar panels, or even wind energy generated from mobility. I love America. People of the world are busy killing each other, while Americans are busy thinking how to better human life on earth.

  • Scorpion

    Ed are you kidding me ,it are the americans that are killing people around the world and in case you don´t remember it was colombus that founded yor country, and then you killed the nativs ,after that thanks to Einstein you killed millions of Japanese ,and then You wwant to rule in the arabian world you fu….. retarded.

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