A team of researchers at the University of Leeds say they've created a new type of polymer gel that could lead to batteries that are lighter, safer and more flexible. The gel would be used in place of the volatile and toxic lithium used in most batteries in gadgets today.
The researchers claim that their gel batteries couldn't catch fire like liquid filled batteries and are as safe as polymer batteries but are 10% to 20% the price of either. As well as being safe and damage tolerant, the flexible cells could be shaped and bent to fit into any device, say the researchers, which makes me wonder if they'd ever fit inside these kinds of wild prototypes.
The researchers say they've already licensed the technology to Polystor Energy Corporation, which is now conducting trials to commercialize the cells. Big news, no?