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ELEKTRO 2/2017 was released on February 17th 2017. Its digital version will be available on March 10th 2017.

 

Topic: Electrical appliances – switching, protective and signalling; Devices for smart grids

 

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Atypical concept of DC power supply source for high current consumption

SVĚTLO (Light) 1/2017 was released on February 7th 2017. Its digital version will be available on March 7th 2017.

Fair and exhibitions
Invitation on LIGHT IN ARCHITECTURE exhibition 

Architectural and scenic lighting
Lighting design in a nutshell
Spiegeltent illumination and its specificity

Rechargeable batteries that last longer and re-charge more rapidly

11.07.2016 | Paul Scherrer Institute | www.psi.ch

Materials researchers at the Swiss Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Villigen and the ETH Zurich have developed a very simple and cost-effective procedure for significantly enhancing the performance of conventional Li-ion rechargeable batteries.

Instead of inventing a new battery technology, researchers took a different approach: They checked existing components with a view to fully exploiting their potential. Simply by optimizing the graphite anode – or negative electrode - on a conventional Li-ion battery, researchers were able to boost battery performance. Under laboratory conditions, they were able to enhance storage capacity by a factor of up to 3. Owing to their complex construction, commercial batteries will not be able to fully replicate these results. But performance will definitely be enhanced, perhaps by as much as 30 – 50 percent: further experiments should yield more accurate prognoses.

New type of rechargeable battery

The method involves coating the graphite flakes with nanoparticles of iron oxide sensitive to a magnetic field and suspending them in ethanol. The suspended and already magnetized flakes are subsequently subjected to a magnetic field of 100 millitesla—about the strength of a fridge magnet.. As a result, they are perfectly ordered, reducing the diffusion distances covered by the lithium ions to a minimum.

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Image Credit: Paul Scherrer Institute

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