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Batacitor  
  A storage device for electricity that could be charged in a very short time.  

A giant step-down transformer of aluminum took the energy three times a day, sent it through Brobdignagian aluminum wires to a two-story device known as a batacitor. This was a late-twentieth-century electronic discovery that could accept hundreds of kilovolts in a hundredth of a microsecond and could discharge it at any rate from a tenth of a volt to one hundred kilovolts...
From The Fabulous Riverboat, by Philip Jose Farmer.
Published by Putnam in 1971
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