After exploring the way lithium batteries move between the two electrodes, a team of scientists from the Netherlands has come up with a new battery design that is expected to significantly increase charging speed. A dedicated channel structure is added to the architecture to increase the flow of lithium ions, which the team hopes will help improve the grid storage capacity of renewable energy. < / P > < p > the study was carried out by scientists at the University of Tween, focusing on testing new materials, including niobium tungsten oxide (nbwo). These new materials are thought to replace graphite, which is used as anode in modern lithium-ion batteries, allowing lithium ions to flow through them at a higher speed. < / P > < p > the team calcines nbwo or heats it to high temperature in an oven to produce tiny nanoparticles of tens or hundreds of nanometers in size. One of the characteristics of these nanoparticles is that they can conduct lithium ions at their boundaries, which actually creates more channels for them in the battery. < / P > < p > by testing, the team found that these reduced size nanostructured particles performed impressively. “The results show that downscaling below 100 nm significantly enhances the lithium kinetics of niobium tungsten oxides,” the team wrote. In addition, this indicates that the grain boundary of nb18w16o93 has a significant effect on the rapid lithium process. < / P > < p > although the improvement is obvious, the team also admitted that the technology only serves special uses such as renewable energy grid, at least in the early stage. The researchers pointed out that the design would not be suitable for electric vehicles because it requires too large a battery pack. However, it may prove valuable. Scientists see other possibilities for using the technology for batteries that power heavy machinery, but are working to fine tune the electrodes by studying their optimal size. After 12 years, “world class Super project” Shantou Bay Tunnel ushers in a historic breakthrough today