Imagine charging your self phone in seconds instead of hours. Professor Gerbrand Ceder from MIT has devised a new lithium-ion battery electrode that is many times faster than its predecessors. While most discharge at a rate of a minute and a half with the best high powered batteries, this one works in only 10 to 20 seconds. That rate will allow a 1 liter battery to deliver about 25,000W, enough power for about 20 vacuum cleaners. Ceder and his team modified lithium iron phosphate, an electrode material, so that electrons and ions could move more quickly.
Current lithium rechargeable batteries can store large amounts of energy but don’t have the acceleration speed. Professor Cedar claims that because the material is not new, but simply remade, scientists could conceivably market it in the next couple of years.
Now that gas is ridiculously expensive, it might help to own a PLX Kiwi to make your vehicle more fuel efficient. The company claims that you can improve your mpg by up to 33%. The device can be mounted anywhere in your vehicle, and bases your personal “Kiwi score” on smoothness, drag, acceleration, and de-acceleration. The display shows your mpg, trip summary, and causes of engine problems. While it cannot be used with any vehicle earlier than 1996, it will certainly help you not only use less fuel but save the planet by reducing carbon dioxide emissions as well. If you cannot afford the $300.00 price tag, at the very least TAKE YOUR FOOT OFF THAT GAS PETAL!
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