Breakthrough in battery design by 18-year-old

It’s really thrilling to see the kinds of things made by these young kids in these science competitions. And this young lady came up with something with immediate practical applications:

An 18-year-old science student has made an astonishing breakthrough that will enable mobile phones and other batteries to be charged within seconds rather than the hours it takes today’s devices to power back up.

Saratoga, Calif. resident Eesha Khare made the breakthrough by creating a small supercapacitor that can fit inside a cell phone battery and enable ultra-fast electricity transfer and storage, delivering a full charge in 20-30 seconds instead of several hours.

The nano-tech device Khare created can supposedly withstand up to 100,000 charges, a 100-fold increase over current technology, and it’s flexible enough to be used in clothing or displays on any non-flat surface.

It could also one day be used in car batteries and charging stations not unlike those used by the Tesla Model S, which includes “supercharger” technology that promises to charge vehicles in 30 minutes or less.

“I’m in a daze,” Khare told CBS San Francisco after being honored among the three finalists at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix over the weekend. “I can’t believe this happened.”

Over 1,600 finalists from around the world competed in the science fair for a $75,000 scholarship grand prize awarded by Intel. Runners-up received $50,000 scholarships.

Thanks to medical malpractice attorney Thomas Soldan.

6 Responses to Breakthrough in battery design by 18-year-old

  1. Ron May 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Damn kids! Get off my lawn!
    A woman, un-white and non-rich. How long till her patent is stolen?

  2. Izquierdo May 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Amazin’.
    And she lives about 15 miles from me.

    Not so sure that she’s un-rich. Saratoga is an affluent place.

  3. imhotep May 20, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    Eesha will die broke and alone. Duracell will make billions. That’s how the rich stay rich. By not allowing anyone else into the club.

  4. lless May 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    This bright young woman “will die broke and alone?” Ah Imho, I think you’re projecting someone else’s circumstances.

  5. jawbone May 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    It’s not been unknown for brilliant new ideas to be bought out by the establishment in order to bury them.

    But, I would think, any battery manufacturer would jump on this new invention.

    But it also might result in fewer sales of replacement batteries…so, who knows?

    Sounds great to me. Most rechargeable batteries are a headache. I’d love to have this in place.

  6. Sherlock May 24, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    Well, considering it’s not her original idea: http://vimeo.com/51873011

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