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Power Hungry: What Makes a Battery a Battery and How They Can Be Better

Batteries are everywhere and they just don’t last very long at all. The SuperAnode 700 is a supercapacitor for the superbattery and it’s giving new electrical charge to industry and paving the way for amazing tech advancements.

SuperAnode 700. This is just all around super news.

If you’re like most people, you have a home full of Lithium-ion batteries. You’re probably reading this article on a device powered by a Li-ion battery. Whether it’s your phone or tablet, you probably often find yourself cursing the device every time the battery starts waving its farewell.

Until you can find an outlet to lend your device that life-saving charge of electricity it’s, “God damn you, supid iPhone! You totally suck at holding a charge!”

The point is: it’s not the device that is to blame, it’s the battery.

Junk Batteries

The reality of crappy batteries affects two things. First, it gives the average tech consumer like you and me a headache when we’re frantically trying to find your way downtown on a one way street, miss the turn, the battery is at 5% and counting, and needs to redirect. “God damn iPhone!” Right? Second, and most importantly, it stifles innovation. Portable tech, in particular, can only advance as far as its electrical storage system allows it. Sadly, the iPhone is technologically lightyears ahead the Li-ion battery it depends on.

One maker of energy storage products has seen the writing on the wall and is answering the call. They’ve taken the first step by developing an ultra high capacity capacitor for Lithium-ion batteries.

From Mined Graphite to Renewable Biomass, the Makeup of Battery Capacitors Changes for the Better

anode cathode

The flow of electrons in a battery’s capacitor.

The anode side of a Lithium-ion battery uses graphite, which is a derivative of coal. Generally speaking, the process of coal mining isn’t an eco-friendly one. Mining destroys vast tracts of land as the ground is essentially “scraped” away to reach the seams of coal beneath. Mountaintop removal, a particularly controversial type of surface mining, exposes coal seams by blasting and leveling out the ridges and peaks of mountains. Sometimes the blasting is used to remove as much as 400 ft of land above the seam. Blast debris is discarded into the valleys between those ridges and peaks.

Combined, the mountaintop removal and valley fill drastically and permanently alter the landscape, destroy habitat, and have a measurable impact on the quality of life in the area.

Researchers have shown this particular type of mining is directly related to a decrease in biodiversity, a decline in water quality and increases in reported congenital disabilities and instances of cancer in the area. In the United States, the law dictates that the land must be “reclaimed” after mining is complete, but that usually means stabilizing the rock itself. It doesn’t require that the destroyed flora be replanted. Obviously, coal companies can’t bring back the animal life lost in the process; animals which, in some areas, include endangered and threatened species.

mountaintop removal

Mountaintop removal is disgusting. Look at it. It strips the land of all its majestic beauty and leaves a wasteland in its path.

Interestingly, it was a group of “coal people” working together with environmentalists who came up with a solution that addresses the major issue of mining for coal.

SureCarbon, which is associated with The EnviraCompanies, uses renewable biomass to develop a wide range of products that have traditionally been made from coal or other hydrocarbons.

Through what they call a “happy accident,” they discovered a sustainable, renewable, carbon-neutral, plant-based alternative to graphite. The process, called Enviranization, involves superheating and processing wood to create various coal alternatives. One particular option created in this process can be used instead of graphite in the anode portion of a Lithium-ion battery.

SuperAnode 700 At Your Service

One of the happily accidental results is what SureCarbon calls the SuperAnode 700. This activated carbon was designed specifically for use in energy storage devices like L-ion batteries and has been thoroughly tested and proven by a “major university.”

surecarbon companies

SureCarbon makes supercapacitors that have practical use everywhere. From your kid’s toy drone to the Tesla Model X. All forms of tech benefit from higher capacity batteries.

The process of creating it is much more eco-friendly and efficient than the traditional mining and mixing process used to create graphite. SuperAnode 700 carbon is incredibly pure and allows for a faster charge, more energy storage, lighter weight and lower production cost.

To translate that directly back to the issues, using SuperAnode 700 as opposed to graphite means that Lithium-ion batteries can be manufactured using a renewable plant-based resource as opposed to a finite, mined one. With no other change in design, the batteries created are lighter, more environmentally friendly, hold about twice as much charge and can be charged more quickly.

SureCarbon and The EnviraCompanies has already had great success and was recently present at the Fly Wisely Accelerator Corp. where the company’s CEO and President, Dr. Steve Hooper, highlighted the potential for SupreAnode 700’s success in the drone market.

Again, Li-ion Batteries Are Everywhere

Li-ion batteries power laptops, smartphones, tablets, power tools, uninterrupted/emergency power supplies, digital cameras, e-cigarettes, flashlights and more. The average person is likely to have frequent, if not daily, contact with an item equipped with one.

Lithium-ion, or L-ion, batteries aren’t only used to power our personal electronics. Their light weight, durability, and tolerance to movement and temperature changes make them useful for powering vehicles like jet skis, snowmobiles, ATV’s,

boats, drones and even cars. Even the Mars rovers use rechargeable L-ion batteries that get their charge from different sources, including solar panels. Solar panels

high voltage

We’re talking seriously high voltage. Better batteries means better tech. Plain and simple.

and Lithium ion batteries are ideally suited for pairing together.

L-ion batteries require the kind of low resistance charge that solar panels produce and the speed with which they charge allows solar users to make the most of each minute of sun exposure. Lithium ion batteries are finding use in remote locations where a lack of wired electricity doesn’t necessarily mean there is no need for power.

With pop-up communities on the rise, these batteries offer a means to power devices that provide security, connectivity, sanitation and more. Medical and medical mobility equipment take advantage of the longer lasting charge and extended lifespan that Lithium ion batteries provide.

These batteries can sit on a shelf unused and hold their charges ten times longer than traditional acid batteries can, which makes them ideal for charging and storing for future use.

With Lithium-ion seeing such use, it’s understandable that the average consumer would believe that these batteries are as technologically advanced as possible. These are the batteries trusted to go into space, after all. It makes sense that their design and functionality would be on the cutting edge.

While it’s true that Lithium-ion batteries have distinct advantages over the traditional acid battery, there is still plenty of room for improvement to create a greener and more efficient product.