It seems to be a technology breakthrough!

What would you say if we told you that scientists say they have invented a new battery that could fully charge a smartphone in just one minute?

Stanford University Professor Hongjie Dai and colleagues have developed the first high-performance aluminum battery that’s fast charging, long lasting and inexpensive.

This aluminium battery is what researchers hope could replace the lithium models commonly found in laptops and mobile phones.

An added bonus of the aluminium prototype is that it is actually safer than lithium-ion batteries as it is less prone to catching fire and more environmentally friendly than alkaline models such as AA and AAA.

Millions of consumers currently use 1.5-volt AA and AAA batteries. Scienteist say the rechargeable aluminium batteries generates about two volts of electricity which is higher than anyone has ever achieved with the substance.

In this video, graduate student Ming Gong and postdoctoral scholar Yingpeng Wu demonstrate how the new technology could offer a safe alternative to lithium-ion and other batteries in wide use today.

SOURCE: Stanford Precourt institute for Energy, YOUTUBE

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