The American company Polystor Energy is currently conducting trials in order to commercialize the so-called 'jelly' battery designed by Ian Ward. A physic research professor at the University of Leeds in the UK, Ward has created a new kind of polymer gel that will help revolutionize the potentially dangerous and widely used lithium battery. Not only is this new type of battery cheaper to manufacture, it is also safer and lighter than the average lithium battery that is on the market today.
The gel acts as a buffer between the battery's electrodes helping to stabilize the battery and prevent them from exploding or bursting into flames. Speaking as a person who unknowingly boarded a plane with a swollen lithium battery in my laptop, this is the very best news. The safety issue associated with traditional lithium batteries is a serious problem for electronic manufacturers. HP recalled over 54,000 batteries this past year and other companies aren't doing much better. This battery is ideal for portable electronics because it is so lightweight. Expect to see these cheaper, lighter and safer batteries in your personal electronics soon, courtesy of Polystor Energy.
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