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This New ‘Perfect’ Battery Has Experts Stumped

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One of the inventors of the modern lithium-ion battery, John Goodenough, and a team of researchers claim to have invented a new solid state battery. But is it too good to be true?

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“A team of engineers led by 94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells that could lead to safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries for handheld mobile devices, electric cars and stationary energy storage.”

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Has lithium-battery genius John Goodenough done it again? Colleagues are skeptical

“Researchers have struggled for decades to safely use powerful-but flammable-lithium metal in a battery. Now John Goodenough, the 94-year-old father of the lithium-ion battery, is claiming a novel solution as a blockbuster advance. If it proves out, the invention could allow electric cars to compete with conventional vehicles on sticker price. The improbable solution, described in a new paper from Goodenough and three co-authors, has drawn intense interest from leading science and technology publications.”


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50 thoughts on “This New ‘Perfect’ Battery Has Experts Stumped

  1. What a horrible last name. Might as well just call yourself “adequate” – at least that actually sounds like a last name and isn’t so stupid.

    Regardless, this is a fantastic invention if it holds to be true. I sincerely hope to see cars and mobile devices invest in this.

  2. I’m usually pretty skeptical when it comes to these sorts of things – but it does seem somewhat unlikely that such a reputable scientist who has already made huge strides to advance this specific field already would intentionally pull a hoax.

    We could certainly use a new great advancement in battery technology that’s for sure. It is a limiting factor in a lot of devices.

  3. wait were these batteries that short out the ones used in the note 7s? cause that would explain a hell of a lot.

  4. About time. Even with the lithium battery, It’s no secret that the tech is vastly outdated by today’s standards.

  5. It’s not a mystery this is very easy to understand if you see that the carrier isn’t the same model as the old way batteries work. It’s very much the chemistry of plating as well as batteries.

  6. To anyone saying that this is a scam or can’t ever happen or “If they made a battery that’s this much better than today’s batteries then why I don’t I see them in my IPhone or hear about them in the next gen “put what ever electronic device here” here. What your reading is progress being made. And this does not do just for batteries, this applies to anyย technology advancement.

  7. this is real. how is this even a question? what I’m afraid of is this invention falling out of circulation because of the big toes it will step on

  8. Till they can say look here and show the world what it can do, I am hopeful that it is true, but will not hold my breath. Many good ideas and products have come from places you least expect it. But many too are only good on paper or small scale. But are not viable on large scale. So fingers crossed this one will do as claimed.

  9. Why do you ask what do we think about it?
    Who cares what we think… Let the scientists draw their conclusions

  10. Telsa postulated means of pulling energy from the Ether, and people dismissed him.
    Then the guy who creates Li-Ion creates a battery that does something similar… It’s not the same thing, but, both cases go against Newtonian laws. Maybe Newton wasn’t 100% correct, or maybe there are exceptions to the rule.

  11. Damm, I want a name like that. “Goodenough” must be a solid boost for morale.
    “John, are you sure you’re up to this task?’
    “Yes, I’m sure I’m *goodenough*…”

  12. There’s not enough info yet to say whether this battery is possibly better than Li. eg energy density, discharge rate, charge rate, costs.

  13. I’ll say goodenough is about to get a visit from the US government, and its not to give him another medal.

  14. Youtube just unsubed me from seeker! I found channels by chance mysteriously unsubed!! Its like youtube dont want me to know about science.

  15. i have a question what if everyone used electric cars how much power would that take to maintain like do we have enough power to supply all thee cars if they were there ?

  16. I think it’s a great step forward in regards to the creation of a better battery for sure. Even if it’s just an idea I believe it can be a reality given enough time.

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