Wired Magazine Highlights mPhase Technologies Nanobattery in ``Building a Better Battery'' Article
Cites mPhase and Bell Labs Nanobattery Project That Could Potentially Increase “Battery Life by an Order of Magnitude for the First Time in 100 Years”
LITTLE FALLS, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--mPhase Technologies (OTCBB:XDSL) today announced that the November issue of Wired magazine contains an article on the pressing need for a better battery that highlights the collaborative effort between Lucent Technologies Bell Labs and mPhase Technologies to use nanotechnology to create “a more radical new approach to battery design.”
“Instead of sealing an unstable reaction in a big box, he and his team – a combination of Bell Labs scientists and researchers at a start-up called mPhase Technologies are designing batteries out of nanograss that can be turned on and off chemically.”
The feature article, "Building a Better Battery," by award-winning science writer, John Hockenberry describes the mPhase – Bell Labs project led by Bell Labs scientist, Tom Krupenkin. The team is using a novel approach to solve the portable energy problems of exploding batteries. The article says, "Instead of sealing an unstable reaction in a big box, he and his team – a combination of Bell Labs scientists and researchers at a start-up called mPhase Technologies are designing batteries out of nanograss that can be turned on and off chemically.”
The prototype mPhase Nanobattery has a number of key advantages. It is built on silicon and can be integrated with the electronics. This would permit a component by component design of integrated power. Rechargeable nanograss could be managed by microprocessors to control how much power each system needs. This approach could have the advantage of “driving down cost and potentially increasing battery life by an order of magnitude for the first time in 100 years.”
Hockenberry points out that in the past 150 years the battery has had only an eightfold improvement in performance while silicon-based electronics improve that much every six years.
Today’s conventional batteries lose their power even when the device is not in use. mPhase expects its nanobattery design will have a shelf life of about 20 years. It only uses power when the device is turned on and because it is built in silicon, it will be small enough to be built in with the other circuitry on a chip.
The prototype battery is based on a Bell Labs discovery that liquid droplets of electrolyte will stay in a dormant state atop nanotextured surfaces until stimulated to flow, thereby triggering a reaction producing electricity.
The "electro-wetting" process, described in the Wired article, can permit precise control and activation of the batteries when required, yielding a very long shelf life, better storage capacity than existing reserve battery technology and potentially lower cost.
Reprints of the article can be ordered on the mPhase website, www.mphasetech.com.
About mPhase Technologies, Inc.
mPhase Technologies Inc. (OTC: XDSL) develops and commercializes next-generation telecommunications and nanotechnology solutions, delivering novel systems to the marketplace that advance functionality and reduce costs. The company, awarded the 2005 Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Technology Award, the Frost & Sullivan 2006 Energy Storage Award and the Nano 50 Award from NASA Nanotech Briefs, is bringing nanotechnology out of the laboratory and into the market with a planned innovative long life power cell. Additionally, the company is working on prototype ultra-sensitive magnetometers that promise orders of magnitude increases in sensitivity as compared with available uncooled sensors. More information is available at the mPhase Web site at www.mPhaseTech.com
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