Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have developed a paper-thin battery that can be bent or twisted, trimmed with scissors or molded into any shape. They can work in temperatures ranging from 300 degrees Fahrenheit to 100 degrees below zero.
RPI said ,the fact is that, it is a nanoengineered battery. The battery uses paper infused with an electrolyte and carbon nanotubes that are embedded in the paper. The carbon nanotubes form the electrodes, the paper is the separator and the electrolyte allows the current to flow. Unlike other batteries,it is an integrated device, not a combination of pieces.
More than 90 percent of the device is made up of cellulose, the same plant cells used in newsprint, loose leaf paper, lunch bags, and other paper products.
The development is reported in this week’s online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “It’s essentially a regular piece of paper, but it’s made in a very intelligent way,” said Robert Linhardt, co-author of the published paper.