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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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RE: Amazing
By acabtp on 12/13/2007 1:50:26 PM , Rating: 2
That wouldn't really work... Even though you'd be able to get the power into the battery much faster, it's still the same amount of power. So the whatever your hybrid car might have been able to charge by idling for 20 minutes could now be done in one minute, but require half or full throttle to keep up with the power demand. If you're putting X kw into the battery, it takes X kw of gasoline (charging off the motor) and/or trapped kinetic energy (regenerative braking), whether the charging time is a minute or an hour. This sort of tech will not make hybrids more efficient per se; just makes the energy storage more flexible to demands that vary over time. Nobody gets a free lunch.


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