4.25.2016

Method for recharging non-rechargeable batteries: Open source Patent Super battery next generation

So I have laid out new technology for noble metal batteries and ion exchange batteries in my previous posts.  Reading those should give you some background into the thought that went into this invention.

This invention is based on the observation that some metals, while having a negative potential to go from ion to solid, have a "not so negative" potential.  What this means is they just barely can't be recharged by giving them electrons.  Well chemistry to the rescue.  What if we could give these metals a little "nudge" or "leg up" to get them to recharge?  Or even to recharge them without even adding electricity?  All without having to make electrodes out of solid non-metal compounds like lead sulfate?  Well we can.  Originally we have an oxidizing electrolyte.  This oxidizes the anode to release cations into solution.  For noble  rechargeable  metals we can apply an external voltage and get the cations to come back and stick back to the anode and viola, the battery is recharged.  For other metals we can't do that.  So what if we could swap the oxidizing electrolyte for a reducing electrolyte?  Then these stubborn ions can be reduced either just from the electrolyte alone or from a combination of the electrolytes effect plus  the external applied power.  Something like NADPH, or quercetin, or hydrazine, or even just a base in some cases, anything that can reduce or reverse or partially reverse the oxidizing power of the electrolyte.  Metals that would be especially good canidates for this would have a small negative electrode potential to reduce them from ions to solids would include lead, tin, nickel, cobalt, etc.  Mabye even iron.  With a well chosen electrolyte it may be possible to get ANY METAL to reduce back to a solid!  So this technique may even be used to get lithium metal to recharge.  What could happen is you use up your battery, add reducing agent to the electrolyte, then apply a charge and your batteries are back to full.  Then you dump that now "empty" electrolyte (you may be able to save it to use again later) Then add fresh oxidizing electrolyte and you are good to go again to use the battery.

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