Lithium-Ion batteries are all the rage these days, and the technology is seen in a large number of household appliances, vehicles and more. They offer significant advantages over traditional battery technology, but they also have quite a few interesting facts surrounding them.
What is a Lithium-Ion Battery?
Lithium-Batteries are high-power and lightweight batteries that are most commonly seen in phones and laptops. They can come in various shapes and sizes and are generally quite portable, making them ideal for day to day usage.
Lithium-Ion Batteries Are Small!
Did you know that a lithium-ion battery can store over 150 watt-hours of electricity in a 2.2-pound (1 kilo) battery? In comparison, a lead-acid battery can store only 25 watt-hours of power in a battery of the same size. This makes Li-On batteries far more space-efficient and ideal for consumer products.
Lithium-Ion Batteries Can Be Treated with Viruses
Mass and reach of electric batteries are inversely related. The lighter a battery is, the longer it can be used. This had led to researchers frantically researching for the best possible product design for Lithium-Ion batteries. Researchers from MIT came up with the idea of infecting a type of Li-On battery with viruses. The viruses were used to build thin wires in the batteries, which led to increased performance.
Tesla Developed a Substitute for Home and Business Power Supply
Tesla Motors developed “PowerWall” in 2015, which is a new type of affordable Li-On battery can be used to generate electricity using a solar grid. Cost of electricity storage has been the number one hindrance to its usage and the technology developed by Tesla could see more manufacturers adopt it for future applications to bring down power costs and environmental footprint globally.