Pursuing a Better, Lighter Battery

Pursuing a Better, Lighter Battery

Featured on Bloomberg West The Army Research Lab in Maryland is searching for at innovative ways to make the US Military the best equipped fighting force in the world. Right now, the Army Research Lab is looking for new ways to make lithium iron batteries that weigh less, but last for long periods of time without recharging. After four years of investigating, researchers found a new, solid electrolyte substance that drastically increases the battery life and charging speeds of lithium iron batteries. While most batteries' electrolyte substance is a liquid, this solid substance allows for greater flexibility in battery size and shaping needs by increasing the traditional battery density by over 30%. Additionally, Army Research Lab is also working on developing hydrogen fuel cell batteries that mimic plant sunlight absorption. If successful, these hydrogen powered batteries will be some of the lightest-- and greenest-- batteries ever created.

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