The prototype of this battery was jointly developed by Luke Robertson, principal investigator of NASA's Kennedy Space Center Exploration Research and Technology Council, and Ryan Cageron, a composite material expert at the University of Miami; the chemical properties and structure of the battery were developed by the University of Miami Mechanics and Aerospace Zhou Xiangyang, associate professor of engineering, is responsible for research and development.
This battery is slim, with a thickness of only 2 mm to 3 mm, which is very suitable for use in micro-satellites including CubeSats. Robertson explained that for the CubeSat, which is not as big as a toaster, space is crucial. The new battery occupies only one-third of the space of the existing battery, so it can save a lot of space for researchers. More scientific research.
Robertson said the battery can also be used in other fields. He said: "This technology can be used in the truss structure of satellites and the International Space Station. Commercial applications may include use in car frames or desktop battery chargers."
In addition, if such batteries can be added to the house or wall during the building process, they will become a supplementary or alternative energy source to meet the electricity demand of residents during peak periods.
If appropriate structural elements are used, the new battery can achieve anti-collision, moisture-proof, and anti-flammability properties. The research team hopes that the technology can become a safe and effective energy storage method that is widely used in many fields. It also hopes that it can improve the performance of aerospace systems and promote the development of related industries.