Artificial intelligence creates batteries that charge more quickly than human imagination
Electrolytes are used to move ions, atoms which have been charged either by gaining electrons or losing them between the electrodes of a battery. The negative electrode (the anode) creates lithium ions, which flow to the cathode and gain electrons. The ions return to the negative electrode when a battery is charged.
It can take many years for battery innovations to be realized because so many chemicals are involved in their manufacture. It can be difficult to work out the best ratios of chemicals for optimal use.
The team found that when they used a combination of three possible solvents and a salt and fed the results to ‘Dragonfly,’ the AI produced six solutions that were superior to an existing electrolyte.