With new gadgets entering the market each and every day, energy or in simple words battery is becoming a big issue. A simple smart phone does not hold its battery for more than a day and needs charging the very next day with minimal use. A new kind of battery can hold power for days let alone hours and charges within 10 minutes.
Traditional rechargeable batteries are Lithium-ion batteries which power any device by shifting Lithium ions through microscopically thin sheets of carbon graphite located at each electrode. However as the battery ages, its performance decreases as the sheets are slightly deteriorated. Especially in Lithium-silicon batteries the transferring of electrons to and from the sheet to ions produces cracks in the silicon sheet over time, decreasing the battery time.
In the University of Southern California a team lead by Viterbi School of Engineering professor Chongwu Zhou has made a battery which does not utilize the silicon sheet technology for battery manufacturing. Instead fields of porous nano-tubes are used to shuffle electrons which do not wear the silicon. Their new battery may hit the market within the next two to three years according to their speculations.
Once it hits the market, it might revolutionize the gadgets relative to the present ones as a number of gadgets cannot be made as they do not get the power needed.