New Nanotube Batteries Recharge in Seconds
August 9, 2006 9:54 AM
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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
, 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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8/10/2006 1:46:32 PM
Ok all you learned folks, here is the lowdown on US power as it ppertains to homes in the US.
There is 240 Three phase comming off the pole to your house.
You tap off of this 220 single phase for dryers and other single phase 220 use. Three phase ha three legs of 120, if you read between any two legs you have 240 volts, Three phase has to have 4 wires, three hot and a nutral. Single phase (like your dryer) has two legs of 120. You read between the two hot legs you have 240, between 1 leg and ground you have 120.
Now this is only for a certain type of transformer on the pole.
If you want to go further you need to look into 208 power.
I hope I did not confuse any of you with this!!!!
Now as for as the nano tubes in the caps, we will wait and see how this turns out.
"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson
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