Engineers have created nanoelectric fuel that can "recharge" batteries indefinitely

A new type of flow battery is based on an innovative composite material that is

battery-active nanofluid. Scientists have named the new type of fuel nanoelectric fuel or NEF.

The United States government has already entered intomore than $10 million in contracts to fund the development and prototype production of NEF flow batteries, which will enable several agencies to use Influit Energy batteries in electric vehicles and aircraft.

Team members work during research

"Unique liquid format with high densityNEF flow battery power allows the same liquids to be used in different devices, meaning liquid charged at a charging station from renewable energy sources or the grid can be used to quickly refuel vehicles or for stationary storage and other large portable applications, says the operating director of the company Elena Timofeeva. “Drained fluid can be returned to the recharge/refill station for recharging or recharged inside the device by connecting to a power source.”

The company's current client list includes NASA,Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and two US Air Force grant programs: AFWERX, an innovator team that promotes collaboration between the military, academia, and industry, and the Small Business Innovation Research Program (AFRL SBIR).

“Everything we do now is aimed atthe specific goal of developing what we call a closed energy cycle, in which your batteries are not solid materials, but liquids. You can think of a battery as fuel that gets pumped into mobile devices — cars, trucks, planes, anything that needs to be electrified,” says John Katsudas, co-founder and CEO of Influit Energy. “Each of our contracts fund different aspects of the integrated development of this ecosystem.”

NEF fast reloader

The fuel used by this new system can be recharged either using renewable energy sources or using the electrical grid.

“The fifth project is related to the development[second-generation nanoelectric fuels] and is funded by AFRL SBIR,” says Timofeeva. “This new second generation of NEF chemistry in our unique and proprietary nanofluid format will ultimately deliver four to five times the energy density of today's [lithium-ion] batteries and could meet the needs of the Air Force. and demand with greatly improved energy density, extended operating temperature range, no fire/explosion hazard, and are made from low cost domestic materials common on Earth.”

Since the liquid in the batteries can be charged inanywhere, using whatever charging mechanisms are available in this market, Katsoudas foresees huge growth and opportunities for Influit Energy batteries in the future.

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