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Major Step Towards Magnesium Batteries

Written by , on May 17, 2016

Engineers at the Toyota Research Institute of North America believe that they have made a significant step towards being able to use magnesium in rechargeable batteries, making them smaller, cheaper and much safer than lithium batteries.  Read more »

A Lithium Battery That Doesn’t Explode

Written by , on January 14, 2016

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a lithium battery which shuts itself down when it get too hot and turns itself back on when it has cooled to a safe level.  Read more »

Significant Progress Towards the “Ultimate Battery”

Written by , on November 5, 2015

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have reported that they have made a significant advance in the practical development of a lithium-air battery – regarded by many as the “ultimate” battery.  Read more »

MIT Researcher Claims Breakthrough in Battery Manufacturing

Written by , on June 29, 2015

Yet-Ming Chiang has developed a new process which he says will cut cut the cost of production by a factor of 10 and halve the cost of the batteries.  Read more »

Aluminium Battery – Safer & Cheaper Than Lithium

Written by , on April 7, 2015

Stanford University scientists have developed the first high-performance aluminum-ion battery that’s fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive.   Read more »

Packing Peanuts Provide Power

Written by , on March 30, 2015

Scientists have developed a heating process that converts the “peanuts” used for packaging into carbon anodes for lithium batteries.
As well as eliminating waste, the technique produces batteries that recharge much faster because the carbon anodes are only a tenth as thick as their commercially available counterparts.  Read more »

Dual-carbon Battery – Safer, Longer Life & Charges Faster

Written by , on May 15, 2014

The Japanese company Power Japan Plus has announced that it has development a carbon battery that can be charged 20 times faster than an ordinary lithium-ion cell, is cheap to manufacture, safe and environmentally friendly. The company says that it is planning to mass-produce its “dual-carbon” battery which would be ideal to improve the range and charging times of electric cars.  Read more »

Mega Flow Batteries Promise Cheap Large-scale Storage

Written by , on March 14, 2014

Flow batteries generate an electrical charge from the interaction of a liquid electrolyte flowing past either another liquid or a solid. The liquid electrolyte is stored in separate tanks until it is needed. Large flow batteries have the potential to be relatively cheap because you only need to add an extra tank to increase their […]  Read more »

Lithium-Sulfur – The Next Generation of Batteries?

Written by , on March 7, 2014

The most widely accepted technology for batteries today is lithium-ion, which is practical for consumer electronics but not for anything much bigger. For large-scale energy storage from vehicles to solar panels, wind turbines or the electricity grid, lithium-ion is too expensive. Since their discovery in the 1960s, it has been believed that lithium-sulfur batteries, which […]  Read more »

Batteries from Wood and Rice

Written by , on July 17, 2013

Wood Lithium-based rechargeable batteries are expensive and lithum is relatively scarce. On the other hand, sodium is abundant and cheap and can be used in place of lithium in batteries. The problem is that sodium ions are many times larger than lithium ones and they gradually damage a battery's anode as they diffuse during charging […]  Read more »