Pacific Northwest National Laboratory research shows adding a pinch of chemical additive to a lithium-metal battery’s electrolyte helps make rechargeable batteries that are stable, charge quickly, and go longer in between charges than lithium-ion batteries. New, early-stage research shows adding a small amount of the chemical lithium hexafluorophosphate to a dual-salt, carbonate solvent-based electrolyte can […]

A research team at Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) established by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has now developed an electrolyte that may be used for the construction of magnesium-sulfur battery cells. The element magnesium is a another light metal offering very high theoretical battery capacity. Moreover magnesium is abundant in nature, it is non-toxic, and does […]

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have created a nonflammable lithium-ion battery. A lithium-based battery that simply isn’t ignitable would solve a major problem that the lithium chemistry experiences from small portable electronics to reports of Tesla Model S automobiles and the surprising lithium battery fires in Boeing 787 Dreamliners.  For […]

New Life for a Good Old Solar Cell Idea The Grätzel solar cell uses a molecular dye sensitized to absorb sunlight and convert it to electricity.  It’s a good concept that simply won’t last, they typically won’t last more than 18 months, making them commercially unviable. Researchers have been looking for alternatives for two decades. […]

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