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Posted: November 2, 2009
mPhase Technologies Granted U.S. Patent for Safer Disposal of Smart NanoBattery
(Nanowerk News) mPhase Technologies, Inc. reported today that it has been granted a United States patent for its concept for a battery that is safer for the environment. mPhase’s “greener” battery technology could potentially help to reduce the harmful residual chemicals in a battery once it has reached the end of its life and is discarded. This approach reduces the risk that potentially harmful chemicals will leak through the battery container and pollute the ground or air, after the battery has been disposed of.
The technique described in the patent is based on the idea of neutralizing the harmful chemistry inside the battery by dispensing a neutralizing agent or containment polymer that is located inside the battery fixture and dispensed once the battery is depleted. This process is an important step forward in creating safer, green batteries.
The use of this patented technique may be incorporated into future battery designs by battery vendors, and could be implemented in future designs of the mPhase Smart NanoBattery. The Smart NanoBattery is being developed as part of the U.S. Army STTR Program to develop unique new battery technology for military purposes. The reserve battery design uses electrowetting and microfluidic techniques to selectively activate and control the power generated by the cells in the reserve battery.
“This patent is a major step in creating new approaches for designing batteries that could be safer for the environment,” said mPhase CEO Ron Durando. “This concept is not just something that can be implemented in our own products, but has applicability that could be incorporated by other vendors in the battery industry.”
About mPhase Technologies, Inc.
mPhase Technologies, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary AlwaysReady, Inc., is focused on developing and commercializing a new battery technology based on a well-patented phenomenon known as electrowetting, which provides a unique way to store energy and manage power that will revolutionize the battery industry.