Latest in Science

Image credit:

Carbon nanotubes find yet another purpose, could star in ultra-reliable batteries

Darren Murph
09.21.09
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links


Carbon nanotubes are kind of like peanuts. They both seem pretty simple at first glance, but with a little work, you can make pretty much anything out of 'em. Take this case, for example, as MIT boffins have discovered that by forming the tube-shaped molecules of pure carbon into minuscule springs, they could be "capable of storing as much energy, pound for pound, as lithium-ion batteries." The real kicker is exactly how they'd do it -- "more durably and reliably." Essentially, these newfangled cells could be left alone for years on end without losing their charge, and unlike conventional batteries, these wouldn't suffer from performance degradation when exposed to temperature extremes. Of course, anything as pie-in-the-sky as this is probably at least a decade or so out from Walmart shelves, but considering that the group responsible has already filed a patent, we'd say they're pretty confident in the possibilities.

[Via Physorg]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
Netflix is making a fourth 'Beverly Hills Cop' movie

Netflix is making a fourth 'Beverly Hills Cop' movie

View
Ford confirms its EV crossover will be named the Mustang Mach-E

Ford confirms its EV crossover will be named the Mustang Mach-E

View
Trager adds Alexa voice control to its line of WiFi-enabled grills

Trager adds Alexa voice control to its line of WiFi-enabled grills

View
The best true wireless earbuds you can buy this holiday season

The best true wireless earbuds you can buy this holiday season

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr