A team of researchers from Stanford University have developed the first high-performance aluminium battery that is “fast charging, long lasting and inexpensive”. Under the auspices of Professor Hongjie Dai, the flexible, non-flammable device can produce up to 2 volts of electricity. The team also successfully generated 5 volts by using to aluminium batteries and a converter. This voltage is enough to power a smartphone.
In the video above, graduate student Ming Gong and postdoctoral scholar Yingpeng Wu demonstrate how the battery works.
Video credit: Mark Shwartz and the Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford