Little Falls, N.J. mPhase Technologies says the Smart Nanobattery it is developing could include features that would allow it to be disposed of safely. The company has applied for patent protection for a set of design strategies to create "green" batteries that use advanced chemistries but are still safe to dispose.
The prototype batteries use various chemicals as electrolytes residing on top of nano structures in a dormant state and when triggered, cause an electrochemical reaction to produce a measurable voltage and current under a load. Some cells are reserved to create the neutralizing chemical reaction at the end of life.
The Smart Nanobattery promises an energy source that can be packaged in various configurations, with a long shelf life, yet still able to be activated almost instantaneously on demand.