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Researchers advance lithium-metal batteries, paving the way for safer, more powerful devices

The rise in popularity of smartphones, laptops, and other personal devices over the past few decades has been driven by the advent of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. However, as climate change necessitates more powerful batteries for electric vehicles and grid-scale renewable energy storage, lithium-ion technology may not be sufficient.
Lithium-metal batteries (LMBs) hold the potential to revolutionize energy storage with their theoretical capacities that are an order of magnitude greater than lithium-ion batteries. However, their tendency to explode has hindered research and development for decades.
A recent study published in the journal Matter outlines a new approach that utilizes solvent-free inorganic molten salts to create energy-dense and safe LMBs, opening up new possibilities for EVs and grid-scale renewable energy storage.
The key innovation in this study is the elimination of volatile and flammable solvents, which were the primary cause of safety concerns in conventional LMBs. By using solvent-free inorganic molten salts, the researchers were able to achieve both safety and high energy density.
The study's lead author, Prof. Chibueze Amanchukwu, emphasizes the significance of their findings, stating that they have developed "a non-flammable, non-volatile system that is safe and can actually improve energy densities by 2x (compared to Li-ion)."
The researchers are continuing to refine their approach, aiming to develop LMBs that can operate safely at room temperature. This would represent a major breakthrough in energy storage technology and could have a significant impact on the transition to a sustainable energy future.

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  • winnie nguru

    19 w

    So many improvements in this sector an i must say companies are doing an incredible job

    • We Don't Have Time

      19 w

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      • johnte ndeto

        19 w

        All advancements in clean energy show great steps towards the transition to clean energy

        • Princess

          19 w

          This improvement can make our gadgets work better and last longer, which is a positive thing

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