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New breakthrough brings batteries that charge in five minutes

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illuminem summarizes for you the essential news of the day. Read the full piece on The Independent or enjoy below:

🗞️ Driving the news: Scientists have made a breakthrough in battery technology, developing batteries that can charge in just five minutes
• This innovation could significantly accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles by reducing charging times

🔭 The context: The breakthrough involves new battery chemistry and design, notably utilizing indium, a material previously used in coatings for displays and solar panels, to achieve rapid charging without losing storage capacity

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Faster charging batteries could lessen reliance on fossil fuels by making electric vehicles more appealing and affordable, thereby supporting sustainable technology use

⏭️ What's next: While this innovation marks a significant step forward, further research is needed to find lighter materials than indium to enhance battery efficiency and effectiveness

💬 One quote: "Range anxiety is a greater barrier to electrification in transportation than any of the other barriers, like cost and capability of batteries, and we have identified a pathway to eliminate it using rational electrode designs," - Lynden Archer, professor of engineering and dean of Cornell’s College of Engineering

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