Scientists have created a new type of rechargeable lithium battery that substitutes the notoriously flammable component that triggered a series of mobile phone handset explosions with a more stable material.
The solution, which has been created by researchers at Tufts University, replaces lithium-ion batteries' flammable electrolyte liquids with a plastic film, which is more heat resistant and does not even catch fire when a flame is held against it.
The battery can also safely be gouged and physically destroyed without a safety risk. This is another advantage over potentially explosive and flammable lithium-ion batteries, found in devices such as Samsung's recently recalled Galaxy Note 7.
Thanks to its lithium metal component, the battery has a much greater energy-storage capacity compared to lithium-ion batteries.