Researchers have developed a new liquid flow battery that can power a chip while cooling it.



As time progressed, processors got tinier, while gaining more power. It’s what gave rise to smartphones, the little computers we carry around in our pockets today. Nanotechnology has reached great lengths, but there’s one problem that remains to this day, that of the heat processors generate. As powerful as they are, processors, be it on PCs or smartphones, give out a lot of heat, that can be damaging to your device.

It is this problem that researchers at IBM Research Zurich and ETH Zurich set out to solve. They have developed a new liquid flow battery, which can generate the required electricity to power a processor, while also cooling it down. The battery apparently siphons the extra heat via its liquid electrolytes.

While Flow Batteries aren’t particularly new, the size is what matters here. At small sizes, these can be used in devices like smartphones, allowing very high power processors to be run on such devices. The new design measures 1.5mm in thickness and can generate 1.4 watts of energy per square centimeter.