The first quarter of 2010 will witness a new interesting technology that would prevent the Li-Ion batteries from exploding up or catching fires either in mobile phone or in your laptops, as claimed by its inventor this week. The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan’s national research organization, has invented this technology and it is called ‘Stoba’.
What draws attention is, the phenomena that actually makes the lithium-ion batteries heated up and explode. When they basically develop internal shorts, they quickly heat up to as much as 500 degrees centigrade (i.e. 932 degrees Fahrenheit) and tend to explode or catch fire. But what ‘Stoba’ does is, it tries to balance the positive and the negative sides of the battery so that when the battery is heated up till 130 degrees centigrade (266 degrees Fahrenheit), the Stoba gets transformed from a porous material to a film and ultimately suppress the whole reaction.
The new material has been developed for over four years and according to the senior researcher who led the team Mr.Alex Pang, they have finally introduced a totally new material to the battery. He exclaimed that the battery makers in Taiwan are in the testing stage and they have ramped up manufacturing of Stoba-equipped cells to the innumerable people, and the shipping is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2010.
Mr.Pang is awarded for his contribution in Orlando, Florida, has said in a telephonic interview that Stoba will add only 2 percent to 3 percent to the total manufacturing cost. He said that he is on his efforts to take the technology to leading phone and laptop manufacturers around the world. The Sony Corp., Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co, Acer Inc., Apple, Nokia Corp., and many others are already targeted as the potential customers, Mr.Pang said.
The ITRI has already applied for 29 patents in the U.S.,China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan for Stoba. The ITRI itself holds 9,863 patents having 5,800 employees which include 1,112 doctorates. It has created 151 start-ups and spin-offs.
What needs to be understood is that the lithium batteries go through a maximum danger for explosion so much, that the U.S. Transportation Dept. has issued a “hazardous materials” notice. The Government has highlighted that the people are unaware of the danger that lithium batteries carry, while shipping them, more especially in aircrafts, that can result in major catastrophes.