How to Make a Battery That Lasts (Practically) Forever

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How to Make a Battery That Lasts (Practically) Forever

Post by Ria on Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:32 am

How to Make a Battery That Lasts (Practically) Forever

OS:Stephen Dickens Magnesium-Water-Copper Battery

A $3 magnesium rod surrounded by (not touching) a copper coil in water, produces 1.5 V and enough current to power a wall clock.
An open source project hosted here at PESWiki.
We finally featured this December 24, 2014.

Compiled by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News
June 4, 2012

Would you like to be able to build an AA battery for emergency preparedness, or just for self-reliability?
Consider Stephen Dickens' Water Battery/Generator using Magnesium and Copper Electrodes with Foam Insulator.
It's a lot bigger than an AA, but is cheap and easy to build.
Variations of the concept have been around for more than a century. This one, though probably not unique, appears to be noteworthy given its simplicity. A kindergartener could build this and afford to buy the parts needed.
Briefly, it entails approximately 10 turns of 10-12-gauge copper wire loosely over foam around a Magnesium rod of dimensions: ~0.5" diameter by 3.5" long. The rod is loosely wrapped by 1/2-inch foam insulation. An electrode is attached to the top of the Mg rod with a hose clamp. The assembly is immersed in water (with no added electrolyte) up to the top of the foam.
Adding electrolyte, while increasing amperage, diminishes the life of the Mg. Without electrolyte, the battery can last longer. It produces around 1.5 V and a few mA continuously. Every 9 months or so, the magnesium rod and copper wire should be briefly sanded to remove build-up. The Dickens Battery uses no salts, acids, or added chemicals.
Other people have built Mg-Cu-H2O cells and posted them to YouTube. What makes this unusual is that Stephen doesn't use electrolyte, and this enables the Mg to have longevity that makes the battery practical.
Apparently the power output is a function of the Mg depletion. The question is whether the addition of electrolytes merely speeds up the Mg depletion (resulting in increased power), or if the electrolytes themselves speed up the Mg depletion.
The objective here is to characterize the phenomena, optimize the output and efficiency, miniaturize it, identify alternate variations using other materials that might work even better, and facilitate its dissemination as a solution, if it can be made feasible.
Who can come up with the most cost-effective, easy-to build battery design, using materials that are readily available?
Anyone is welcome to participate in this contest. But if you make money based on this concept presented by Stephen Dickens, we ask that you share a royalty.
Non-exclusive license terms
Stephen has agreed to let NEST help him open source this technology, this page being the home page for that project. Since he has graciously chosen to share his technology with the world in this manner, rather than going through the traditional route of confidentiality, patents, etc... (though whether a patent could be awarded is unlikely), we request that you likewise honor him and do the right thing by remitting a 5% royalty for any commercial applications of this technology. Royalties should be remitted to NEST, who has an agreement with Stephen to share 60% with him, while retaining 40% to finance the administration and propagation of this project.

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