Soon you wont have to wait hours for your camera batteries to charge as new research carried out by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) could change battery technology.
Scientists say the new batteries will lead to lighter units for electronic devices and they could also help renewable energy.
Gerbrand Ceder, the Richard P. Simmons Professor of Materials Science and Engineering leads the team who made the discovery and they have already made a small battery that can be discharged in 10 to 20 seconds, a cell made from the unprocessed material takes around six minutes to fully charge or discharge. Further tests also showed that the new material does not degrade as much as other batteries.
The groups work was supported by the National Science Foundation through the Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers program and the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Program of the U.S. Department of Energy. It has been licensed by two companies.