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The new batteries can also be recharged hundreds of thousands of times say MIT researchers

You could be charging your long lasting batteries in a matter of seconds in the future if several researchers at MIT get their way. According to a report on ScienCentralNews, researchers at MIT have discovered a new way of making batteries that involves using millions of nanotubes. Leaping over traditional battery technologies, the new types of batteries are based on capacitors, which have been around even longer than the battery itself.

A capacitor maintains a charge by relying on two metallic electrodes. The actual storage capacity of a capacitor is directly proportional to the surface area of those electrodes, and unfortunately making a capacitor in traditional battery sizes means that the electrode surface area is simply too small. To overcome this, the researchers cover the electrodes with millions of nanotube filaments, effectively increasing the surface area.

According to research team leader Joel Schindall "[the nanotube battery] could be recharged many, many times perhaps hundreds of thousands of times, and ... it could be recharged very quickly, just in a matter of seconds rather than a matter of hours." With such promise, Schindall and his team believes that the new technology will revolutionize portable electronics as well as the automotive industry. "Larger devices such as automobiles where you could regeneratively re-use the energy of motion and therefore improve the energy efficiency and fuel economy."

The research team at MIT is hoping that this new promising technology will show up in the market in less than five years from now.

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By horatio777 on 8/9/2006 10:36:33 AM , Rating: 2
This news was posted at the Inquirer two months ago, right after the ScienceCentral was written. It's cool story and all, but it's a little rough to be two months behind a competing news service.

RE: News?
By GaryJohnson on 8/9/2006 11:13:23 AM , Rating: 2
Not only is this article two months behind theinquirer's article, it's also one month behind dailytech's.

RE: News?
By PseudoKnight on 8/9/2006 7:04:44 PM , Rating: 2
For the record, it's at least nearly seven months old as I remember reading this at and sure enough it was a February article.

RE: News?
By Griswold on 8/9/2006 11:48:51 AM , Rating: 2
You guys missed something. This is a blog article, not a news bit.

RE: News?
By Trisped on 8/9/2006 12:59:28 PM , Rating: 2
No, both are from the news section. I had thought DT talked about this before.

RE: News?
By horatio777 on 8/9/2006 1:10:06 PM , Rating: 1
I did indeed miss that. In my defense, this 'blog' entry was the first item listed under 'Latest Headlines' on the front page. I'd say the presentation is clearly as a news piece, regardless of the source.

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