NEC unveils ultra-slim battery: a breakthrough?

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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20 Comments

1. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Sounds good

2. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

4. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

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

13. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

19. azri05 unregistered

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

3. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

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

5. VinCrel

Posts: 39; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

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

6. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

7. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

8. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

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

9. thelegend6657 unregistered

Great news for all of us ! Fandroids and iFans alike

10. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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

11. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

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

12. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

@nyamo That would be awesome!

14. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

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

18. mcbeaven

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

shutup.

15. joey18

Posts: 668; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

Apple will come w simethin muc better

16. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

17. D_Tech-tive

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

The potential this technology has is awsome!

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