Yi Cui, who was the head of the research team says: “Given the mature infrastructure behind silicon, this new technology can be pushed to real life quickly.”
This is good news. Lithium-ion batteries are used widely nowadays and such a boost in their capacity due to nanotechnological achievements would probably help arise of lots of applications in different fields like energy storage, mobile device batteries, electric-powered automobiles etc.
They managed to increase the capacity of batteries by storing lithium inside tiny silicon nanowires. As they soak up, lithium nanowires inflate four times their normal size but unlike other shapes, they don’t fracture.
You can have a more detailed read:
- Stanford News Service – Nanowire battery can hold 10 times the charge of existing lithium-ion battery
- gas2.org – Nanotechnology Increases Lithium Ion Battery Storage Capacity 10 Times Over by Dana Nuccitelli