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Lithium cells the size of rice

A video on Treehugger shows how scientists have produced lithium-ion batteries from a nozzle the width of a human hair. Although only ever likely to be used for small, low power gadgets, these minute batteries actually deliver enough…


Across America – Golden Gate Flight, © Solar Impulse / J. Revillard

Battery key to solar-powered plane

Press reports of the Solar Impulse sun-powered aircraft’s nighttime touchdown at Washington DC underscored the key role batteries play in putting solar power to work. According to the Solar Impulse web site, though, the plane, which is…


Oak Ridge National Laboratory develop lithium-sulphur battery

Lithium-sulphur makes a splash

Lithium-sulphur technology batteries made headlines this week with the announcement that a consortium of leading energy companies is planning to develop what it describes as “safe, lightweight and robust solar energy storage systems for the military around…


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Long-life lithium still going strong

One of the many controversies surrounding electric vehicles is the longevity, as well as the cost, of the lithium-ion batteries used to power them. Various schemes have been suggested and implemented to replace power units…


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A catalyst for lithium-air batteries?

Lithium-air cells have massive potential, say scientists. With 10 times the energy storage potential of the batteries currently in widespread use, they represent one of the Holy Grails of energy storage for electric vehicles, and…


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Three ways to increase adoption

Positive indicators for the forward march of energy storage continue to abound, such as the inclusion of the sector in McKinsey Global Institute’s list of 12 Disruptive Technologies That Are Changing The World. Meanwhile, ASD Reports forecasts the grid-scale…