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Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award

18-year-old invents a revolutionary device that can charge a phone in 20 seconds

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Eesha Khare´s invention won her the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award with $50,000.

California resident Eesha Khare made the breakthrough by creating a small supercapacitor that can fit inside a cell phone battery and enable ultra-fast electricity transfer and storage, delivering a full charge in 20-30 seconds instead of several hours.

The device uses an improved supercapacitor that can store a lot of energy into a small space using a nanorod electrode. It is capable of 10,000 charge-recharge cycles and can fully charge a cell phone in 20-30 seconds.

Traditional chargers typically take hours to achieve a full charge, and are capable of only 1,000 cycles for rechargeable batteries.

Khare said her supercapacitor has been used to power an LED, and sees her invention being placed in cell phones in the future. She won the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award with $50,000 for her invention.

This definitely isn´t the first time a high school student has come up with a brilliant invention in recent years. Just last year, 15-year-old Jack Andraka invented a new pancreatic cancer test that earned him the $75,000 prize from another Intel-sponsored fair.

Source: NBC News

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