Dealing with battery issues on our phones, tablets, or laptops can be frustrating.
Although batteries are everywhere in everyday life, many still suffer breakdowns and failures.
The minor inconvenience of needing to charge them more often could even turn into costly repairs or buying a new device altogether.
Batteries in larger electronics, like hoverboards or cars, can even catch fire.
Now, with increasing emphasis on aviation sustainability, interest in using batteries to partially or fully power electric propulsion systems on aircraft of all sizes is growing each day.
So, the question is could there be a better way to build batteries that are completely safe and don’t fail or even catch fire?.
A NASA activity called SABERS, or “Solid-state Architecture Batteries for Enhanced Rechargeability and Safety,” is researching how to create a safer battery by using brand-new materials and novel construction methods.
The goal is to create a battery that has significantly higher energy than the lithium-ion batteries we currently use.
This battery also would not lose capacity over time, catch fire, or endanger passengers if something goes wrong.
As opposed to many batteries today, the batteries SABERS wishes to create don’t have any liquid in their design.
A fully solid battery has less complicated packaging, lowers safety risks, and can withstand more damage than a battery with liquids inside it.