Recent investigations from Samsung has revealed that cause of Note 7 fire incidences was faulty design of batteries. Samsung admits that such faults might have been a result of pressure exerted by company to ask for enhanced battery performance within limited available space in cell phones. Such expectations of unparalleled battery performance will be increasing in upcoming days not only in smart phones but sectors dealing with products dependent on stored energy. Experts foresee that optimal performance of power storage products will be the focus of hi-tech R&D organizations & institutes.
In this regard UK claims to be leading force as they have expertise in advance power engineering & chemistry innovation. Recently University of Surrey & Bristol in collaboration with Augmented Optics have shown success in development of Super-Capacitor which might have 10,000 times more strength than existing capacitors being employed in current batteries technology.
Scientists predict that super-capacitor innovation may take another 05 to 07 years to be available for common users associated with stored energy products. A number of companies are interested to invest in such innovative technological developments.
On the other hand, researchers from Stanford University have published their research paper on Lithium Ion batteries with built in fire extinguishing capabilities containing TPP (Tri Phenyl Phosphate, a flame retardant). TTP is encapsulated in a shell placed inside battery’s electrolyte fluid, which melts once temperature rises above 150C/303F & releases TTP which extinguishes fire. Lab result claims fire extinguishing within 0.4 seconds. Previously researchers didn’t use such additional shell, thus lowering Li-Ion battery performance.