mPhase Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: XDSL) said today that it has successfully triggered and activated its first functional multi-cell Smart NanoBattery.
Triggering and activation of the cells of the battery were achieved by using a technique called electrowetting, which gives the mPhase reserve battery one of its key attributes -- programmable triggering. Triggering using this approach was accomplished by applying a brief pulse of electrical energy to a porous, smart surface membrane, located inside each cell in the battery, which caused the electrolyte to come in contact with the cell's electrodes, creating the chemical reaction to produce voltage inside the cell of the multi-cell battery.
The mPhase multi-cell battery consists of a matrix of 12 individual cells populated with an electrode stack consisting of lithium and carbon monofluoride materials (Li/CFx), with each cells rated at 3.0 volts. Using a specially designed circuit board for testing and characterization studies, each of the cells in the battery were independently triggered and activated without affecting any of the non-activated cells in the multi-cell configuration. Because of the unique design of the multi-cell battery, each cell in the battery has very long shelf until it is triggered.
The development of the Smart NanoBattery has been undertaken with funding support from a Phase II STTR Army award.