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Researchers Develop Solid But Flexible Electrolyte For Bendable Batteries 41

hypnosec writes "Korean scientists have developed a 'fluid-like' polymer electrolyte used in lithium-ion batteries that would pave way for flexible batteries and flexible smartphones. The discovery was made by a joint team of researchers that was led by Professor Lee Sang-young of Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology. The new electrolyte, though flexible, is made of solid materials hence making the batteries more stable than the lithium-ion batteries used today." Paper, but full text is paywalled.
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Researchers Develop Solid But Flexible Electrolyte For Bendable Batteries

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  • by Yarhj ( 1305397 ) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @09:55AM (#42602451)
    I've seen flexible phones given as the justification for dozens of research projects over the last few years, but does anyone actually want them? I have no real need or desire to roll my phone up and put it in my pocket -- it would just fit worse than it does now. I'd much rather have a battery that lasts through an entire day.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @10:03AM (#42602585)

    A flexible battery might allow 'more' battery to be inserted in an available space. If your device has space leftover that isn't nicely cubical, finding a battery to fill it is difficult. This could reduce that problem.

    There's also flexible keyboards you can roll up, so a flexible tablet could have its uses.
    There was also a story long time ago about clothes that generated power from movement or some such thing. Having the batteries in the clothing would be easier to use than a separate battery pack.

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