New Nickel-Hydrogen Battery Could Recharge in 10 Seconds
By June 12th, 2009Friday, June 12, 2009 0:24 on
A Japanese research team at Nippon’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in association with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, have developed new nickel-hydrogen battery that that recharges in less than 10 seconds.
The companies already developed a similar nickel-hydrogen battery, but the current version takes about 600 seconds for a charge. While the car industry uses lithium-ion batteries, the nickel-hydrogen models don’t contain flammables and are cheaper to use The vehicles are supposed to get quickly charged during stops and don’t need any other power sources than the battery itself.
The prototype battery is planned to be commercialized by 2013 and is slated to work perfectly even after 1000 charges. Next to streetcars and buses, Kawasaki Heavy hopes for interest from makers of industrial vehicles such as cranes or forklifts.
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