Science – ”Good enough – How a 94-year-old genius may save the planet’
‘Battery technology may not make you swoon, but it is the missing link in getting the planet off carbon-based energy’.
‘John Goodenough is 94, and his current work could be the key to Tesla’s future—much as, decades ago, his efforts were an important part of Sony’s era of dominance in portable gadgets’.
‘Goodenough announced in early March that he and his team at the University of Texas at Austin had invented a glass-based battery that blows away the performance of every previous kind of battery’,
‘including lithium-ion batteries—which were invented in the 1980s by’…
‘So right now, Goodenough’s technology is powering your smartphone, laptop, electric toothbrush, Tesla and any other rechargeable electronic thing you own’.
‘Lots of inventors claim they’re working on breakthrough types of batteries. Goodenough is the only one who can also say he’s done it before’.
‘Goodenough’s new battery can store three times more energy than a comparable lithium-ion battery, according to the very serious Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)’.
‘The new battery also solves some other lithium-ion troubles. Like, it won’t catch fire, so a hoverboard won’t suddenly melt your kid’s Vans as she scoots across the playground’.
‘The IEEE also reports that Goodenough’s batteries seem to be able to soak up in minutes as much charge as a lithium-ion battery gets in hours’.