Submitted by Brian H on August 23, 2012
Another new battery tech, this one from Korea. Not quite "instant", but under a minute. Which, I think, would require a 5 MW source for the 85kWh battery. ;)
The Korean method takes the cathode material — standard lithium manganese oxide (LMO) in this case — and soaks it in a solution containing graphite. Then, by carbonizing the graphite-soaked LMO, the graphite turns into a dense network of conductive traces that run throughout the cathode. This new cathode is then packaged normally, with an electrolyte and graphite anode, to create the fast-charging li-ion battery. Other factors, such as the battery’s energy density and cycle life seem to remain unchanged.
These networks of carbonized graphite effectively act like blood vessels, allowing every part of the battery to recharge at the same time — thus speeding up recharge by 30 to 120 times.
But, um... "carbonized graphite" is like "dampened water", since by def graphite is 100% carbon arreddy. ;)