Australian Advanced Materials has announced it is working on developing a graphene-oxide based ink battery capable of self-charging within minutes, according to Small Caps Australia.
The battery cells will be made using a printable ink and able to generate electricity from humidity in the air or from a human skin surface, allowing it to self-charge without an external power source. The company says the battery’s ideal application will be Internet of Things devices.
Australian Advanced Materials is a subsidiary of pooled development fund Strategic Elements. In the announcement, Strategic Elements rattled off a list of advantages battery ink cells hold over traditional lithium-ion batteries, noting they’re non-flammable, extremely thin and light, flexible, and environmentally friendly. Of course, lithium-ion batteries must also be manually recharged.
The ink for the batteries will be developed using Australian Advanced Materials’ Nanocube Memory Ink technology and advanced graphene oxide material. The company says it hopes to create a prototype linking several cells together to produce at least 3.7 volts over the next 12 weeks.