Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Virus-built Battery Developed, More Efficient Power for Cars and Electronics

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Nickel-cadmium batteries used to be the most efficient way to power electronic devices. Soon, nickel-metal-hydride and lithium-ion ones were developed. Since then, lithium-ion has definitely become the favored option. Now, Researchers from MIT have developed a way to make virus-produced batteries. These batteries are expected to hold their charge even longer than lithium-ion.

The common bacteriophages used can infect bacteria, but are harmless to humans.

The need for more efficient and resilient batteries to power all kinds of tools we used everday just keeps growing. These virus batteries may end up powering hybrid cars, cell phones, laptops, and many other electronics in the future.

Another major benefit this new technology has aside from increased efficiency is that it uses much more environmentally-friendly materials.

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