Research shows new battery to have reduced costs, charge times
Apr 3, 2012
Finding Sustainable Engergy means finding news sources of energy but also improving existing ones – this project focuses on the latter.
From College of Engineering
Galen Suppes, J.C. Dowell Professor in chemical engineering, has developed and demonstrated a new “convection battery” that is a giant step toward allowing electric vehicles to replace those dependent on petroleum. The battery uses a pump, similar to a radiator pump in an automobile, to increase power output of batteries.
“Improved battery technology is the single most important technological breakthrough needed to secure a sustainable energy future and economic prosperity,” Suppes said.
Electrical energy is both relatively inexpensive and abundant in the U.S. from many sources. However, the high cost of batteries has limited our ability to use electrical energy for transportation. High battery costs also have placed restrictions on better use of wind and nuclear power necessary to meet this country’s electrical energy needs. More…