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John Goodenough Develops New Battery That Will Trump Lithium-Ion Tech

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Last year, Samsung had issues with its Galaxy Note 7 devices. Several reports indicated that the units were exploding. After intensive investigations, it was concluded that the issue was with its lithium-ion batteries. The co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, John Goodenough, is now working on new technology that will eliminate the risk of explosions.

The Galaxy Note 7 Debacle of 2016: A Review

When Samsung first released the Galaxy Note 7, it was quickly hailed as the best phone of the year. But just as the smartphone was making its rounds, users began to report explosions. The issue only increased in number and the Korean tech-giant had to recall the devices. However, a second release of the device only yielded the same results. In the end, Samsung decided to conduct a full recall of the unit.

An extensive investigation soon took place, which Recode has reported involved 700 staff members, 200,000 Note 7 units and 30,000 additional lithium-ion batteries. Samsung explained that there were issues with both releases. In the first, it was found tat there was a design defect. This caused the breakdown of a separation between the positive and negative tabs of the battery, which caused a short circuit. In the second release, there was apparently a welding defect.

Evidently, there are several issues which can occur from the lithium-ion battery. However, it is unlikely that the smartphone market will take a step back in terms of development. There is and will continue to be a need for powerful yet safe alternatives. The only way is to better the technology, and this is exactly what Goodenough and his team plan to do.

Saying Goodbye To The Lithium-Ion Battery And Hello To Safety

As Forbes has reported, Goodenough is working on a battery that reportedly will be three times better than his original lithium-ion concept. By replacing liquid electrolytes with glass, the battery will be able to charge quicker than standard batteries. More importantly, however, it reportedly will never explode. This is because the change will allow the unit to perform well even at low temperatures, which often cause the degradation of common batteries.

The technology is not readily available for mass production, and there are a few more steps to hurdle before third-party companies can use it. However, as the publication has noted, lithium-ion batteries are clearly reaching the limits of their potential. Goodenough’s ongoing project might arrive just as the tech world and its adoring public needs it.

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