One tough power source: Creating a lithium-ion battery that cannot catch fire #Battery #Lithium-Ion
So many of our projects, gadgets and tech run on lithium-ion tech. A major downside of these compact power sources is their volitility. Shipping, handling and working with lithium batteries needs to be done with caution. Now researchers are looking for a safer battery.
At the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, a new type of lithium-ion battery that cannot catch fire is in the works. A team of researchers led by Konstantinos Gerasopoulos, a senior research scientist at the lab, recently made breakthroughs in their development efforts. The new battery is thin and flexible, unlike today’s lithium-ion batteries that must be packaged in rigid cylindrical or polygonal cases to wall off their volatile contents. The APL battery is also tough, able to withstand submersion in water, cutting, and even ballistic impacts.
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