Category: research

26th March 2020 | Silverstone

More Powerful Batteries Possible With MIT’s New Electrode Design

An MIT team has devised a lithium metal anode that could improve the longevity and energy density of future batteries. New research by engineers at MIT and elsewhere could lead to batteries that can pack more power per pound and last longer, based on the long-sought goal of using pure lithium metal as one of…
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26th February 2020 0

Ultrasound Device Improves Lithium Battery Capacity and Charge Time

The device brings lithium metal batteries one step closer to commercial viability. Researchers at the University of California San Diego developed an ultrasound-emitting device that brings lithium metal batteries, or LMBs, one step closer to commercial viability. Although the research team focused on LMBs, the device can be used in any battery, regardless of chemistry.…
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25th February 2020 0

Three Innovations To Upend The Energy Storage Market

The battery craze isn’t really about batteries at all. It’s about something far grander than a battery, which is simply a conduit to a much bigger story.  Batteries are like the internet without Wifi.  The holy grail is energy storage.  And while perpetually bigger batteries themselves have emerged as the dominant solution to our energy…
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24th February 2020 0

Plastic batteries that won’t catch fire set for mass production

Sanyo Chemical unit to start a new factory in Japan next year KYOTO — Japan’s Sanyo Chemical Industries aims to begin mass production next year of a new, fire-resistant type of rechargeable battery made almost entirely of plastic. A 15 billion yen ($136 million) factory for the new batteries is slated to begin operation in…
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21st February 2020 0

Electric Vehicle Battery Bet Looks Set To Pay Off Big For Korea’s LG

When Tesla was looking for battery suppliers for its Chinese-made electric vehicles, it signed deals with two companies. One was an obvious choice: China’s CATL, the biggest EV battery maker in the world. The other was the LG Chem. It was a big deal for LG Chem, the flagship affiliate of LG Corp., one of…
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20th February 2020 0

Estimating The Carbon Footprint Of Utility-Scale Battery Storage

Since the turn of the century, there has been a global explosion in the production of renewable power. According to the 2018 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, global renewable energy production in 2000 was 218 Terawatt-hours (TWh). By 2018, that number had reached 2,480 TWh, with average annual growth over the past decade averaging…
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19th February 2020 0

Lithium-Sulfur Batteries Could Be Cheaper & More Energy Dense

Sales of new electric vehicles have been surging, but there are constraints around battery and vehicle production. New EVs have ranges of about 200-300 miles (322-483 km) or so. Potentially, lithium-sulfur batteries could expand EV ranges considerably and cost less because sulfur is a more abundant material than cobalt. Transportation is a major generator of…
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18th February 2020 0

Fungal enzyme given catalytic role inside lithium–air battery

Metalloenzyme changes its structure in harmony with the pH of the battery, promoting oxygen reduction and evolution as required Including an enzyme in rechargeable lithium-air battery can improve the kinetics of internal reactions that previously limited the performance and durability of such electrochemical energy storage systems. This may nudge lithium-air batteries closer to powering electric…
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10th February 2020 0

Electric Vehicle Batteries Will ‘Dwarf’ The Grid’s Energy-Storage Needs

There will be more than enough batteries in electric vehicles by 2050 to support a grid that runs on solar and wind—if the two are connected by smart chargers, according to experts at the International Renewable Energy Agency. Electric vehicles are expected to carry 40 terawatt-hours of battery storage by that date, said Francisco Boshell,…
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6th February 2020 0

Less may be more in next-gen batteries

Engineers build full lithium-ion batteries with silicon anodes and an alumina layer to protect cathodes from degrading. By limiting their energy density, the batteries promise excellent stability for transportation and grid storage use. The process of developing better rechargeable batteries may be cloudy, but there’s an alumina lining. A slim layer of the metal oxide…
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3rd February 2020 0