Transparent li-ion batteries may become reality

By Rick · 9 replies
Jul 27, 2011
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  1. Pioneering researchers at Stanford University have announced what appears to be the first practical, transparent lithium ion battery. The experimental battery technology is said to be very flexible, utilizes a…

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,685   +1,085

    Darn I dropped the battery! help me find it! can someone please give me a good pro to this battery besides it being see thru?

    "...these batteries are expected to deliver roughly half the power of traditional Li-ion batteries..."

    that doesn't should good unless they are able to put more cells in the same space as one tradional Li-ion battery cell.
  3. SkyFall

    SkyFall TS Rookie

    They are flexible to an extent. Imagine putting these in a flexible, nearly transparent tablet or media device. You could essentially roll it up and stash it away for travel or maybe even be able to fold it up for whatever use. Hell, imagine having a roll up TV that you could carry anywhere.

    And of course this technology sucks right now. You cannot expect it to be on par with current battery technology, however they will improve. Just think of how awesome it would be to have these batteries last as long as, say, a battery on a modern laptop.
  4. 1977TA

    1977TA TS Rookie Posts: 89

    Like Skyfall said, unless it's for a transparent device, who cares? It is a cool tech though.
  5. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    who cares... why are we wasting our time with this? Why arent we finding a way to extend batteries charge capacity? or purhaps its recharge capability. either way... it seems like to me.. for some reason they are going to work up to making a transparent phone... which i wouldnt want either. whatever.
  6. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,287   +903

    "we" sounds like too many people there Trillionsin. Besides "Pioneering Researchers" mean probably are students who are making their final projects, out of which some get atention and others dont even see daylight. Simple as that.

    Oh and... internet has tought me one thing, even if you think your idea has not had any atention there are a trizillion projects aiming at that.
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 4,572   +65

    I don't see a transparent phone as very useful; however, I can see batteries like this one powering "electronic paper" devices, heads-up-displays in cars windshields and perhaps particularly useful for solar powered devices etc..

    There are are some practical uses here, but mostly for tech that is either very cutting edge or simply doesn't exist yet.
  8. Emin3nce

    Emin3nce TS Rookie Posts: 129

    I don't see the advantage >_> Just saying.
  9. chaboi390

    chaboi390 TS Rookie Posts: 83

    Yep, here we go, bring on the transparent phones.
  10. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TS Enthusiast Posts: 186

    its not for devices like transparent phones, it will be more useful for aesthetic displays.
    for example a mall with a glass ceiling, and the designers want everything to be transparent including the lighting.

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