Inventor Knut Karlsen has released a prototype for a new kind of rechargeable battery, one that recharges itself with a little help from the sun. Karlsen is calling it the SunCat, and with the consciousness of the planet turning green, the demand for earth friendly products such as this is growing fast. With Suncat, electric outlets are unnecessary as sunshine is all you need for the batteries to recharge themselves.
Using flexible 1.8V solar panels and a set of 1.5V NiMH rechargeable batteries, Karlsen has built a DIY prototype for a battery that can be recharged anywhere the sun is shining. These batteries circumvent charges completely by integrating solar cells within the batteries themselves. The batteries are wrapped with thin panels and flat wires that slowly but surely recharge the battery. As of now, there is no word on how long it takes to fully reload the battery. With Suncat’s dependence on the sun for the recharge, this could sometimes cause a convenience issue. However this can be easily remedied by keeping backup batteries around.
Karlsen plans to expand on this idea and is working on more efficient ways for charging the batteries by the way of capacitors. Executing on this concept will surely take rechargeable batteries to the next level, and will do so via the sun.
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