Electric vehicles could soon be recharged in seconds as scientists develop new technology
Scientists in the UK have developed a new energy storage system which could mean that electric cars in the future could be recharged in seconds.
This huge step forward means that electric cars could soon be charged in the same time as it takes to stop and put fuel in a petrol car.
A new ‘flow battery’ has been developed by a group of chemists from the University of Glasgow. The system utilises nano-molecules to then be able to store either electric power or hydrogen gas.
The battery will be based around the design of a nanoscale battery molecule and will be capable of releasing power on demand either as electric or hydrogen to power a car.
This means that electric cars could be recharged in seconds and could be adjusted to deal with a situation that may require either hydrogen fuel or electric power.
The nano-molecules could be held within a pumpable liquid, with the new liquid able to replace the old one within seconds.
The report was published in the Nature Chemistry journal and according to the report, when a concentrated liquid contains nano-molecules, the amount of energy it’s able to store increases by nearly 10 times.
Professor Leroy Cronin, Dr Mark Symes and Dr Jia Jia Chen designed the method and think this could be a huge step forward in the future for electric cars.
The University of Glasgow’s Regius Chair of Chemistry, Professor Leroy Cronin, said: “For future renewables to be effective, high capacity and flexible energy storage systems are needed to smooth out the peaks and troughs in supply,” adding: “Moreover, the very high energy density of our material could increase the range of electric cars, and also increase the resilience of energy storage systems to keep the lights on at times of peak demand.”
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