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NEC unveils ultra-slim battery: a breakthrough?

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NEC unveils ultra-slim battery: a breakthrough?
NEC has unveiled its developing a new ultra slim type of battery it refers to as organic radical battery (ORB) that can be printed into 0.01-inch (0.3mm) thin circuit boards. The battery could be installed on credit cards and bendable screens, and is expected to be ready for rollout in 2013.

A 1.18-inch (3cm) square of the ORB battery will be capable of delivering a 3mAh charge. This is enough for updating a small display 2,000 times on a single charge. The charging capacity is around the same as the one on the currently massively used Lithium-Ion batteries.

Except for being extremely thin, the ORB battery is also made without the toxic heavy metals required for today’s batteries. Instead, NEC’s creation uses harmless salts in a polymer gel. The whole project is a work that has been going on for nearly five years.

Digging deeper into the chemistry of ORB batteries, we find out that they use molecular structures with an unpaired electron, often seen as a by-product of thermal and petrochemical reactions. In order to use them in a battery, the radical has to be stabilized.

Back to the real-life application of the new batteries, Samsung’s announcement of the first bendable smartphone in 2012 seems like a possible candidate that could benefit from the technology in coming years. Also extremely tiny gadgets that absolutely need to remain thin are the most obvious candidates for the new technology.

source: Reg Hardware

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posted on 19 Mar 2012, 04:05 2

1. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Sounds good

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 04:43 3

2. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


That's an amazing breakthrough, I hope in the future smartphones will benefit from it.

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 05:13 1

4. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


exactly! imangine if they figure out a way to stack around 30-50 of those to produce a powercell

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 12:41

13. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


then they would be just as thick as a lithium-ion battery. i think you missed the point. these are going to be in smart-cards, nfc devices, passports, etc.

this technology wont be able to power phones.

posted on 23 Mar 2012, 11:17

19. azri05 (unregistered)


Not if one sheet battery have the same power as one lithium-ion battery.

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 05:12 16

3. jacko1977 (Posts: 397; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


see steve jobs thats innovation
not that pos u call an ipad/iphone

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 06:05 1

5. VinCrel (Posts: 39; Member since: 26 Dec 2011)


this is really good news! though still I think phones will still remain relatively the same size but battery life will greatly increase..

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 06:06

6. B3BLW29 (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


This is cool indeed.. and brownie points for no Li-ion.

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 06:24 2

7. Leo_MC (Posts: 579; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Taking into consideration the restriction of China over rare earths which angered UE, US and Japan, we should see an increasing number of such technologies.

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 06:34 4

8. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


i bet this will be "Apple Innovation, patented" in 2020..

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 06:43 3

9. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Great news for all of us ! Fandroids and iFans alike

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 07:51 4

10. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1389; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


This is amazing!!! Think about we can keep the phone the same size and thickness and have a 5000mA battery!! That would be amazing

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 08:17 1

11. mercorp (Posts: 974; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


next....motorola razr 2,with a 3mm thick diameter.

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 09:51

12. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


@nyamo
That would be awesome!

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 13:52 6

14. A.aoudi (Posts: 125; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


I hope they Patent this battery before apple copies 1 and says its their idea.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 02:28

18. mcbeaven (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


shutup.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 00:06

15. joey18 (Posts: 526; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


Apple will come w simethin muc better

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 08:35

16. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1389; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I don't know, but Apple usually takes an existing technology and make it famous. That's all.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 20:06

17. D_Tech-tive (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


The potential this technology has is awsome!

posted on 12 May 2012, 03:49

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