Wednesday, 07 Jul, 2010 Science
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Latest Invention: Powerful Ultra-Battery

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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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//4 Jun 04, 2012 03:15 AM | posted by: Q
Good one. I read a lot about emproved electrical power storage devices (batteries), that outperform nowdays batteries. Why cant I find them nowhere? Why arent they used in electric cars? That would boost milage of these cars 10X at least. So the excuse that el. cars cant make enough milage obsolete!! Maybe someday :)
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//3 Mar 19, 2011 10:10 PM | posted by: nielkmot
this stores mechanical energy in the chemical bonds of the molecule, which can be released as electricity.

but how efficient is the process, in terms of energy in versus energy out? and can the depleted batteries be "recharged"? (at a suitably-equipped plant, with a million-atmosphere press, of course.)

we already have expensive and/or inefficient technologies, for exotic applications (like space or military) where normal considerations like cost are set aside.

how would this work for "real life" uses?
21 votes

//2 Aug 31, 2010 03:26 PM | posted by: solomon [InfoTOT]
very good invention
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//1 Jul 09, 2010 09:53 PM | posted by: abhinav
nice invention

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