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  • Superfast-charging aluminum-ion batteries outpower lithium-ion

    05/19/2021 9:01:25 AM PDT · by Jonty30 · 42 replies
    NewAtlas ^ | May 18, 2021 | loz-blain
    Australian company Graphene Manufacturing Group (GMG) has announced exciting performance test results for a new type of aluminum-ion battery that can charge 10X faster than today's lithium-ion units, while lasting much longer and needing no cooling.
  • Batteries can't do the job greenies think Exclusive: Brent Smith does the math on what NYC would need for just a few days of backup

    05/15/2021 7:42:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies ^ | 5/14/2021 | Brent Smith
    It seems that one of the major objectives of the Biden administration, and I guess all Democratic politicians, is to dismantle everything that built this nation and made it great, and of course to spend us into oblivion without acknowledging any consequence for their actions. The one warped initiative that may end up being the most painful is the push to shut off the energy spigot and somehow replace it with fairy dust and unicorn farts. Yes, I'm talking about the fantasy that green "renewable" energy can replace our current, efficient and abundant fuel sources like coal, oil and gas...
  • The World Is Facing A Lithium Supply Crunch As Demand Soars

    05/13/2021 7:01:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Oilprice ^ | May 13, 2021 | Tsvetana Paraskova
    In just one year, the world’s largest lithium producers turned from cautiously optimistic about prices and very careful about expansion projects to decisively bullish on near, medium, and long-term demand for the key battery metal. The pandemic prompted many governments to commit to greener recovery and to raising significantly the share of renewable energy and electric vehicles (EVs), stoking demand for critical minerals this year. Lithium, alongside copper, has seen prices rising since automakers started pledging all-EV lineups and exponential growth in their electric car offerings. Rising immediate demand for lithium and expectations of surging demand in the longer term...
  • ISS Ditches 2.9-Ton Pallet of Batteries, Creating Its Most Massive Piece of Space Trash

    03/16/2021 9:50:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | George Dvorsky
    It wasn’t the original plan for the pallet to be discarded like this. The failed launch of a Soyuz rocket in 2018, in which NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were forced to make an emergency landing in the Kazakh steppe, caused a disruption to the spacewalking schedule, leading to the leftover pallet. NASA’s spacewalk on February 1, 2021, involving astronauts Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover, was notable in that it concluded a four-year effort to upgrade the space station’s batteries. These batteries store energy collected by solar arrays, but in 2011 NASA decided to make the...
  • Hemp Batteries are Eight Times More Powerful than Lithium, Scientists Discover

    02/07/2021 3:17:14 PM PST · by mabarker1 · 66 replies ^ | JANUARY 5, 2021 AT 6:46 PM | Sara Burrows
    Waste fibers from hemp crops out-perform graphene for a thousandth of the cost, according to new researchIs there anything hemp can’t do? A year after hemp became legal to grow in the United States, we’ve seen its power to make better clothing, better buildings and better medicine. Now, there’s something else hemp appears to be better at – making batteries. Most auto batteries today are made from lithium-ion, an expensive, quickly disappearing material. A team of American and Canadian researchers have developed a battery that could be used in cars and power tools using hemp bast fiber – the inner...
  • Powerpaste packs clean hydrogen energy in a safe, convenient gray goop

    02/03/2021 10:58:55 AM PST · by Jonty30 · 36 replies ^ | February 02, 2021 | Loz Blain
    Fraunhofer researchers have presented a magnesium-based "Powerpaste" that stores hydrogen energy at 10 times the density of a lithium battery, offering hydrogen fuel cell vehicles the ability to travel further than gasoline-powered ones, and refuel in minutes.
  • Battery Wars: is Japan about to beat China in race for the energy game changer of the decade?

    12/21/2020 3:28:13 AM PST · by cba123 · 62 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Published: 8:00am, 21 Dec, 2020 Updated: 8:09am, 21 Dec, 2020 | Neil Newman
    Battery Wars: is Japan about to beat China in race for the energy game changer of the decade? Japan once supplied the world with the most advanced Li-Ion batteries. China and Korea now dominate the market, and Japan wants it back The search for the holy grail of batteries may be over. After a multi-year industry-wide effort, Japan solves the elusive solid-state technology
  • Oregon man arrested after Tesla going nearly 100 mph crashes, sends batteries flying

    11/20/2020 8:38:01 AM PST · by aimhigh · 55 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 11/19/2020 | AP
    An Oregon man crashed a Tesla while going about 100 mph, destroying the vehicle, a power pole and starting a fire when some of the hundreds of batteries from the vehicle broke windows and landed in residences, police said. Dylan Milota was driving a 2019 Tesla S Tuesday night when he lost control, left the road and traveled more than 300 feet before stopping, according to Corvallis Police Lt. Ryan Eaton.The car sheared off a power pole at the base, knocked down two trees and a telephone junction box, police said. Batteries tossed from the Tesla in the collision landed...
  • Warren Buffett's Duracell sues Energizer over battery life claims

    09/08/2020 6:03:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 8, 2020 7:19 PM | Jonathan Stempel
    Duracell, the battery unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., sued the maker of Energizer batteries on Tuesday, accusing it falsely advertising that its Energizer MAX batteries last up to 50% longer than other alkaline batteries. The lawsuit follows Energizer Holdings Inc.’s own lawsuit last Sept. 30 accusing Duracell of falsely advertising that its then-new “Optimum” batteries were more powerful and lasted longer than rival batteries. Duracell filed counterclaims alleging false advertising in that case. It is now accusing Energizer of having “doubled down” by claiming on battery packages, on printed coupons and through in-store advertising that MAX batteries are...
  • Scientists use fruit peel to turn old batteries into new

    08/26/2020 1:10:46 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies ^ | August 26, 2020 | by Nanyang Technological University
    The team demonstrated their concept using orange peel, which recovered precious metals from battery waste efficiently. They then made functional batteries from these recovered metals, creating minimal non-toxic waste in the process. Credit: NTU Singapore ============================================================================ Scientists led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a novel method of using fruit peel waste to extract and reuse precious metals from spent lithium-ion batteries in order to create new batteries. The team demonstrated their concept using orange peel, which recovered precious metals from battery waste efficiently. They then made functional batteries from these recovered metals, creating minimal waste in...
  • Nano-diamond self-charging batteries could disrupt energy as we know it

    08/25/2020 6:44:53 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 123 replies
    New Atlas ^ | August 25, 2020 | Loz Blain
    Nano-diamond self-charging batteries could disrupt energy as we know it Here shown as a small, circuit board mounted design, the nano diamond battery has the potential to totally upend the energy equation since it never needs charging and lasts many, many years NDB California company NDB says its nano-diamond batteries will absolutely upend the energy equation, acting like tiny nuclear generators. They will blow any energy density comparison out of the water, lasting anywhere from a decade to 28,000 years without ever needing a charge. They will offer higher power density than lithium-ion. They will be nigh-on indestructible and...
  • California Doomed to Frequent Blackout Risk by Battery Shortage. The state’s electric grid operator said it needs to buy 12 gigawatts of battery storage. That’s a whole lot more than it has right now.

    08/19/2020 11:06:03 AM PDT · by karpov · 55 replies
    Bloomberg | August 19, 2020 | Will Wade and Brian Eckhouse
    No excerpt from Bloomberg allowed, story here.
  • Future batteries, coming soon: Charge in seconds, last months and power over the air

    06/19/2020 12:09:41 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | · 22 May 2020 | Max Langridge and Luke Edwards
    While smartphones, smart homes and even smart wearables are growing ever more advanced, they're still limited by power. The battery hasn't advanced in decades. But we're on the verge of a power revolution. Big technology and car companies are all too aware of the limitations of lithium-ion batteries. While chips and operating systems are becoming more efficient to save power we're still only looking at a day or two of use on a smartphone before having to recharge. While it may be some time before we get a week's life out of our phones, development is progressing well. We've collected...
  • NASA lengthens SpaceX's first crewed mission to International Space Station (May 27 launch)

    05/02/2020 5:44:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | 5/01/20 | Paul Brinkmann
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 1 (UPI) -- The duration of SpaceX's first mission with astronauts on board -- planned to launch at May 27 from Florida -- has been extended from a few days to potentially weeks aboard the International Space Station, NASA said Friday. The mission was lengthened to ensure that the crew -- astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley -- can help maintain and operate the space station, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. "Among the work that will await their arrival is upgrading the space station's power system with new batteries due to arrive in May,"...
  • For batteries, one material does it all

    05/04/2015 6:49:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05/04/2015 | Provided by University of Maryland
    Engineers at the University of Maryland have created a battery that is made entirely out of one material, which can both move electricity and store it. "To my knowledge, there has never been any similar work reported," said Dr. Kang Xu of the Army Research Laboratory, a researcher only peripherally related to the study. "It could lead to revolutionary progress in area of solid state batteries." Envision an Oreo cookie. Most batteries have at either end a layer of material for the electrodes like the chocolate cookies to help move ions though the creamy frosting – the electrolyte. Chunsheng Wang,...
  • The $2.5 Trillion Reason We Can’t Rely on Batteries to Clean up the Grid

    03/11/2020 7:39:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies ^ | 7/1/2018 | james temple
    Fluctuating solar and wind power require lots of energy storage, and lithium-ion batteries seem like the obvious choice—but they are far too expensive to play a major role. A pair of 500-foot smokestacks rise from a natural-gas power plant on the harbor of Moss Landing, California, casting an industrial pall over the pretty seaside town. If state regulators sign off, however, it could be the site of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery project by late 2020, helping to balance fluctuating wind and solar energy on the California grid. The 300-megawatt facility is one of four giant lithium-ion storage projects that...
  • Self-healing potassium batteries: A cheap, long-life rival to lithium

    03/03/2020 9:34:39 AM PST · by Jonty30 · 50 replies ^ | March 02, 2020 | Loz Blain
    Lithium is expensive, environmentally questionable in large volumes, and tends to catch on fire from time to time. It's the best solution we've currently got for EV and device battery storage, but other alternatives are starting to surface, and one that could actually make a fair bit of sense is the potassium metal battery.
  • Nobel chemistry prize: Lithium-ion battery scientists honoured

    10/09/2019 8:03:47 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 9 Oct 2019 | Paul Rincon
    Three scientists have been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of lithium-ion batteries. John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino share the prize for their work on these rechargeable devices, which are used for portable electronics. "We have gained access to a technical revolution. The laureates developed lightweight batteries of high enough potential to be useful in many applications." In addition to their use in electric vehicles, the rechargeable devices could also store significant amounts of energy from renewable sources, such as solar and wind power.
  • Coast Guard issues warning about phone charging on boats after fire

    09/12/2019 7:46:41 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/12/19 | Justine Coleman
    The Coast Guard has issued a safety warning for commercial boat operators, saying they should monitor the amount of unsupervised phone charging on the boat in the wake of a boat fire off the coast of California that killed 34 people. USA Today reported that a preliminary report into the fire near Santa Cruz Island could come out as soon as Thursday, according to the the National Transportation Safety Board. While the report will likely not include a cause, it will examine how batteries and electronics were stored. The Coast Guard urged those operating a boat to "reduce potential fire...
  • Japan just found a ‘semi-infinite’ deposit of rare-earth minerals — and it could be (trunc)

    04/15/2018 8:39:19 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 62 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 13, 2018 | Jeremy Berke
    Researchers have found a deposit of rare-earth minerals off the coast of Japan that could supply the world for centuries, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Nature on Tuesday, says the deposit contains 16 million tons of the valuable metals. Rare-earth minerals are used in everything from smartphone batteries to electric vehicles. By definition, these minerals contain one or more of 17 metallic rare-earth elements (for those familiar with the periodic table, those are on the second row from the bottom).