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Researchers claim lithium-ion battery breakthrough

from ZDNet UK

Academics have developed a silicon gel that could make batteries used in phones and laptops 10 times more efficient. Stefan Koller, a researcher at the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) in Austria, said that the gel was designed for use with lithium-ion batteries. The project was partly funded by the the European Union as part of Project NanoPoliBat, a scheme to use nanomaterials to develop polymer microbatteries, and by battery maker Varta. The TU Graz researchers and industry partner Varta have applied to patent the method, said Koller, but have no plans to try to commercialise the findings themselves. more

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