The usual news involving Florida man involves debauchery and not the invention of solar battery technology. However, it is the perfect place for both to thrive. The SETI Graphene technology is safer, non-toxic, and can last up to 20,000 cycles.
SETI graphene solar battery technology is lighter and faster
SETI stands for Sustainable Energy Technologies, Inc out of Fort Myers, Florida. A place with no shortage of energy from the sun. The SETI Graphene Matrix Power Packs are safer, lighter, faster, greener, and customizable to various applications. The Florida man behind the project, Chris Sanders, hopes the Graphene Matrix Power Packs can be used in golf carts, boats, RVs, lights, and other industrial equipment.
Local station Wink News reporter Michael Hudak went for a ride on a golf cart powered by the 35 pound SETI battery. The average battery weighs about 450 pounds, which made for a much lighter ride. Hudak commented that the vehicle felt a lot faster in comparison. The SETI solar battery technology is powered by a solar panel that sits on the golf cart roof. On a sunny day in South West Florida, the cart can return with more charge than it left with.
Florida is an excellent place to research solar battery technology
Sanders says that the technology used in the battery packs is totally green. Plus, the batteries can charge at a much faster rate. “There’s no maintenance, you don’t have to add water, you don’t have the degradation issues, and they’re fast-charging, we can charge these golf carts from zero to 60% in about two minutes, versus 10 to 12 hours on lead acid or six hours on a lithium battery,” he told Wink.
The SETI Super Capacitor Management system allows the battery packs to take on a charge in minutes as opposed to hours. The company says Graphene is safer than lithium and lead-acid batteries and can last up to 20,000 cycles. The packs are supposedly biodegradable and won’t leak if punctured.
In one real-world test, SETI put the Minipack into a standard golf cart. Upon doing this, around 300 pounds of lead-acid batteries were removed and were replaced by a 30lb, 30Amp SETI Minipack. The golf cart was fully charged after five minutes in the sun and traveled at 18 mph. Under normal circumstances, a golf cart needs an entire night to recharge the battery, and the weight reduces the accuracy of the handling.
There is a lot of room for new technology on the market
For now, Sanders is testing out the technology on golf carts in the area. One day, he hopes to make the packs small enough to work in something as small as a heart monitor. The new CTO, David Strumpf, did extensive testing on the power source before joining the company.
The company is working with companies like Gator Golf Carts in Florida and hoping to bring the University of Notre Dame on sometime soon. There is a significant race in battery technology right now, and the more, the merrier. Keep an eye on SETI as the company continues to work toward better solar battery technology.