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The technology is progressing at a faster pace. In coming years we will be driving on air- fueled battery. Isn’t this surprising? The new STAIR (St. Andres Air) battery will provide 10 times more energy than the conventional batteries. Surprisingly, in coming few years’ electric cars, computers, and cell phones batteries will be equipped with the newly designed technology that will live longer without charging.
Research is conducted at Scotland’s University of St. Andrews with associates at Strathclyde and Newcastle. The four-year research project, “An O2 Electrode for a Rechargeable Lithium Battery” was started on 1 July 2007 and is expected to end on 30 June 2011. It has received funds from EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council of Great Britain) of about $2.4 million.
The lithium oxide electrode will be replaced with a porous carbon electrode in the fuel cell. This will allow the lithium ions and electrons to react in the cell and uses oxygen drawn from the surface of the battery. The new design “STAIR” battery will run on renewable sources like solar, wind and oxygen.