Broadcast Date: Tuesday 17 June 2004
Summary: Tiny engines could replace standard
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University of Birmingham
engineers have developed tiny engines only a few millimetres wide,
that could soon replace a standard battery.
Lead by Dr. Kyle Jiang, investigators at the
University's School of Engineering are the first to manufacture
these engines in a durable, heat resistant material such as a
ceramic or silicon carbide.
As a result, these micro-engines will have
over 300 times more energy than an ordinary battery and are much
lighter and smaller.
These new power-supplying machines
could be used to charge mobile phones and lap top computers in a
matter of seconds and could also be used for a range of other
applications such as micro-factories, tiny
"labs-on-a-chip" that will be able to make drugs,
chemicals or small mechanical components.
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