Published: May 23, 2013 3:09 PM
By Alexandra Bellamy
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough
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An 18-year-old girl from California has won an Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award for developing a tiny device that fits into a mobile phone battery, allowing it to charge fully in 30 seconds. 

Eesha Khare was showing off her prototype at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a competition for high-school students around the world. Her tiny supercapacitor could be a real breakthrough for the mobile phone world, as changing habits and our increasing taste for connected services has made battery life a real issue. The prospect of recharging in just 20 to 30 seconds could therefore be a real game-changer for the market. 

Indeed, Eesha Khare decided to research potential solutions after experiencing the problem first-hand—her own mobile phone battery was running out too quickly. Her prize-winning device could bring a serious boost to battery life while also allowing for 10,000 charge cycles compared with around 1,000 for a standard battery. The project could even find use in car batteries.

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Along with her Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award, Eesha Khare has scooped $50,000 towards scholarship fees to pursue her studies and hopefully contribute even more to the world of science and technology.

The device presented is still a prototype and isn't likely to find its way into smartphones any time soon. However, with battery issues affecting all smartphone users, mobile-manufacturers could be keen to get a closer look at Eesha Khare's idea.


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