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Toshiba SCiB Cell  (Source: Toshiba)

Toshiba SCiB Standard Module  (Source: Toshiba)
90% recharged batteries in less than 5 minutes that will still recharge even 10 years later? Where do I sign up?

When many think of rechargeable batteries the first thing to mind when making a wish list is a longer life for the battery, but that is only part of the issue with rechargeable battery. Another big part of the picture when it comes to rechargeable batteries is how long it takes to charge the battery.

Toshiba announced today that it has developed a new type of rechargeable battery dubbed the Super Charge ion Battery (SCiB). Toshiba claims the new battery will mainly target the industrial market, though representatives hint the technology may eventually find a home in electric vehicles.

The main claim to fame for the SCiB battery is that it can recharge to 90% of total capacity in fewer than five minutes. Toshiba also claims the battery has a life span of over 10-years.

Toshiba says that it adopted a new negative electrode material, new separators, a new electrolyte and new manufacturing technology to bring the SCiB to life.

The SCiB batteries can recharge with as much as 50 amperes of current and but with capacity loss after 3,000 cycles of less than 10%. Toshiba also says the battery has excellent safety with the new negative electrode material having a high level of thermal stability and a high flash point. The battery is also said to be structurally resistant to internal short-circuiting and thermal runaway.

Anyone familiar with the technology industry will know what Toshiba is most known for, the massive battery recalls in notebook computers from early this year.

Though not as widespread as Sony's battery woes, Toshiba wants to put these fears of using its products out of the minds of buyers. If the battery technology makes it into notebook computers and other consumer electronics, it could revolutionize mobility.

The first of these batteries will be ready for industrial uses in March of 2008.

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New Market
By Shadowmaster625 on 12/11/2007 4:18:26 PM , Rating: 2
This could create a new market for hybrid engines and charging systems. Instead of having a hybrid where the gasoline/diesel engine kicks on after the batteries get low, we'll have hybrids with a gasoline/diesel engine that kicks on and charges the batteries for a few minutes (through a high powered alternator) and then turns back off.

RE: New Market
By FITCamaro on 12/11/2007 4:29:59 PM , Rating: 5
You mean cars such as the Chevy Volt concept? No it can't charge the battery in 5 minutes but the gas motor is not used to move the car at all. Just as an electric generator.

RE: New Market
By TomZ on 12/11/2007 4:40:03 PM , Rating: 4
This is basically the same approach as used in diesel-electric locomotives, developed 90 years ago and widely used since then. Not exactly a new concept.

RE: New Market
By TomZ on 12/11/2007 4:35:01 PM , Rating: 2
That's an interesting concept, however, it results in an engine with far higher instantaneous power output than would be required for the vehicle if the engine was used in a more conventional way. This yields an engine that is much larger, heavier, and more costly than would be required. The size and weight take away more efficiency, and the cost reduces acceptance of the approach.

And running a bit engine for a short period of time isn't really any more or less efficient than running a small engine for a longer time period.

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