Australian researchers have recently come up with a claim that they’ve managed to produce a battery strong enough to keep a smartphone charged for five days or else power an electric car over a good 600 miles. If so, this shall act as a great step towards efficient energy. The lithium-sulfur battery created by a team at Monash University in Melbourne, claims it to being the ‘world’s most efficient’ one that can overcome the traditional batteries by four times if not lesser.
The team stated that it is ‘on the brink’ of profit-orienting its invention and has already looked up the benefits of fighting against climate change. The traditional ones are mostly lithium-ion but this lithium-sulfur one has a higher energy density and greater ability to power objects for a longer time than usual. But the drawback here is that the lithium-sulfur batteries tend to have a shorter lifespan. Previously used in aircrafts and cars, the efforts to use them for mass production have miserably failed.
The insulating nature of sulfur is often deemed as a hurdle too. Another team in Australia reestablished the design of the sulfur cathode so as to help it withstand higher stress loads and overall greater performance. A lead researcher added, ‘Their work will revolutionize the Australian vehicle market and provide all Australians with a cleaner and more reliable energy market.’ Further testing of the battery is now scheduled to take place later this year.
Not only favorable for a high performance, it also has a low manufacturing cost alongside leading to significant reductions in the production of hazardous waste. However as it is, there yet are certain limitations associated with the technology.