Quantum Glass Battery Will Change The World


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The internet is coming to life with the buzz about a new battery concept that is working to find its way into the world.  It is called Quantum Glass, and it has investors, tech industry enthusiasts, auto manufactures, the solar industry, oil execs, and many others sitting on the edges of their chairs waiting to see what is about to happen in this space. 

It is said that a quantum glass battery could power an electric car for 1000 miles, and take only sixty seconds to charge.  It is said that it wont degrade for tens of thousands of cycles!

This is the advancement we have been waiting for to fuel the removal of power lines across the world, a world – a planet – that truly is completely off the grid. 

A patent for a new battery that uses glass as a key component submitted by a team headed by John Goodenough, the part winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work as co-inventor of the now ubiquitous lithium-ion battery that is the go-to power source for electric cars and energy storage, is now active.

By “spiking” glass with either sodium or lithium to form an electrode within the battery, the researchers say the new battery technology provides three times the energy storage capacity of comparable lithium-ion batteries.

It is also neither volatile nor flammable, and does not display issues of lithium dendrite growth that plagues li-ion batteries, which can cause short-circuits and present safety hazards.

First described in a 2016 paper published in Energy and Environmental Science, and now in a patent application activated on Sunday on behalf of the LNEG (National Laboratory of Energy and Geology) in Portugal, the University of Porto, Portugal and the University of Texas, the new glass battery electrode has the potential to upturn the transport industry.

That is, if it is commercialized. But according to Goodenough, who spoke with IEEE’s Spectrum magazine about the technology, the glass battery could finally break through the price barrier that hinders the uptake of electric cars.

“I think we have the possibility of doing what we’ve been trying to do for the last 20 years,” Goodenough, who is emeritus professor at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin, told Spectrum.

“That is, to get an electric car that will be competitive in cost and convenience with the internal combustion engine.”

 

I never thought when I started the Living off the Grid page that we would be the mainstream the world was looking for.  I thought that the outdoors and the wilderness were places you had to go to disconnect.  Who would have thought that flying cars and battery power could soon change the world into a place where everywhere is accessible, and energy is plentiful!  It’s here and coming on down the road as it were!

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