Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have designed a battery made from inexpensive, abundant materials, that could provide low-cost backup storage for renewable energy sources. Less expensive than lithium-ion battery technology, the new architecture uses aluminum and sulfur as its two electrode materials with a molten salt electrolyte in between. The new battery architecture is described […]

A Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute team proposed a greener, more efficient, and less expensive energy storage alternative to lithium ion. The driving force is concerns regarding scarcity, high prices, and safety regarding the long-term use of lithium-ion batteries. In research published recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), corresponding author Nikhil Koratkar, the […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently announced that they have figured out how to engineer a biofilm that harvests the energy in evaporation and converts it to electricity. This biofilm has the potential to revolutionize the world of wearable electronics, powering everything from personal medical sensors to personal electronics. The development has […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… The Rice University lab of chemist James Tour introduced a technique to tune the surface of anodes for batteries by simply brushing powders into them. The powder adheres to the anode and becomes a thin, lithiated coating that effectively prevents the formation of damaging dendrites. A powder of phosphorus and sulfur ground into the […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Tokyo University of Science (TUS) researchers have demonstrated a metal-organic framework-based magnesium ion conductor showing superionic conductivity even at room temperature. Magnesium is a promising material for such solid-state batteries owing to its abundance, but its practical application is limited by the poor conductivity of magnesium ions (Mg2+) in solids at room temperature. The […]

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