Wednesday, 07 Jul, 2010 Science

Latest Invention: Powerful Ultra-Battery


In the near future we may give up our traditional energy storage devices and make use of ultra batteries composed of xenon and fluoride.

Researchers from the Washington State University developed ultra-batteries able to store more condensed energy than other batteries available today on the market.

The team came up with their latest invention by placing xenon difluoride (which looks like a white crystal that is usually used to etch silicon conductors) inside a small diamond anvil cell that measures 2x3 inches.

The cell pressed the xenon difluoride molecules to 1 million atmospheres - the amount of pressure equal to the one registered halfway to the center of the Earth, informs Inhabitat. Then the cell triggered the molecules to amass the resulting mechanical energy as chemical power that can be used in various applications.

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