Saturday, September 25, 2010

Paper thin rechargeable batteries provide bendable power

One of the biggest components in any of today's portable devices is the battery. However if researchers can commercialize their latest innovation--paper-thin lithium-ion rechargeable batteries--that could all change.
According to a report on the Chemical Engineering News web site, Stanford University scientists took a regular sheet of paper, coated both sides with a layer of carbon nanotubes and then a thin layer of lithium compound to create a functioning, rechargeable battery. These thin, flexible batteries outperform other super-thin power sources and the prototypes handled at least 300 recharges.
With thin batteries, super-tiny components and possible flexible displays, paper-based and even rollable cell phones may not be that far away.