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Faradion Electric Bike: Prototype Powered By Sodium-Ion Batteries

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Lithium-ion battery cells are currently dominant in electric cars and energy storage, but researchers are constantly looking to improve on them. The need to increase the amount of electricity a battery can store, decrease charging times, and lower costs is driving experimentation with other battery chemistries. Now, one British firm has found a.

Faradion demonstrates proof-of-concept sodium-ion electric bike

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Sodium-ion intercalation batteries—i.e., Faradion’s sodium-ion cells deliver a specific energy of more than 140 Wh/kg. Resources.

BASF investigating sodium-air batteries as alternative to Li-air; patent application filed with USPTO

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Their work, they suggest, demonstrates that substitution of lithium by sodium may offer an unexpected route towards rechargeable metal–air batteries.

New high-power, high-capacity, long-life sodium battery

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A team from the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart and the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, has developed a high-power, high-capacity sodium battery with 96% capacity retention after 2,000 cycles. 2016), “High Power–High Energy Sodium Battery Based on Threefold Interpenetrating Network.”

GE posts $63M in orders for Durathon sodium-halide battery systems

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GE’s Energy Storage business announced $63 million in new Durathon sodium-halide battery orders since the business launched in July. GE’s Durathon battery technology works by employing sodium chemistry to capture excess energy from the diesel fuel generators. Earlier post.) —Prescott Logan, General Manager, GE Energy Storage.

Ceramatec licensing molten sodium technology for heavy oil upgrading; removing the need for diluent for bitumen

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Flowchart of Molten Sodium Upgrading process. Sodium is less costly and more readily available compared to lithium. Click to enlarge.

PATHION develops new LiRAP-based solid-state electrolytes for Li-sulfur and sodium-ion batteries

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PATHION is working on a derivative for Li-sulfur batteries as well as a derivative that could be applied in a sodium-ion battery. The second presentation described the use of a solid electrolyte in a sodium-ion battery cell. PATHION has an exclusive worldwide license for LiRAP from Los Alamos National Laboratories. Lithium sulfur.

PNNL team develops sodium-manganese oxide electrodes for sodium-ion rechargeable batteries

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Sodium-ion batteries have been discussed in the literature. Sodium. Discharge capacity of Na 4 Mn 9 O 18 nanowires calcined at 750 °C.

U Waterloo team identifies key reaction in sodium-air batteries; implications for improving Li-air

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Chemists at the University of Waterloo have identified the key reaction that takes place in sodium-air batteries. Understanding how sodium-oxygen batteries work has implications for developing the more powerful lithium-oxygen battery, which has been proposed by some as the “holy grail” of electrochemical energy storage. Resources.

Hollow carbon nanowires show high capacity and cycle life as anodes for sodium-ion batteries; insight into Na-ion insertion-extraction mechanism

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They investigated sodium ion insertion?extraction Discharge capacity of the HCNW electrode as a function of charge?discharge C), 125 (0.5

Yissum offering novel high-performance anode for sodium-ion batteries; antimony sulphide nanoparticle-coated graphene

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Sodium-ion batteries (Na-ion, NIBs) are seen as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries for large-scale applications due to their lower cost and abundant supply of sodium. We also demonstrate a battery with the stibnite–graphene composite that is free from sodium metal, having energy density up to 80?Wh?kg 1 at 50?mA?g Denis Y.

Amorphous titanium dioxide nanotube anodes for sodium-ion batteries show ability to self-improve specific capacity

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Sodium-ion batteries ( earlier post ) are considered a potential attractive alternative to lithium-ion batteries. and 0.9 Earlier post.).

NGK Insulators recalling sodium-sulfur batteries to make safety modifications; resuming production later this year

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Following an investigation into the cause of a sodium-sulfur battery fire on 21 September 2011 at Mitsubishi Materials Corp.’s will begin collecting its existing sodium-sulfur (NaS) batteries from customers to make safety modifications. s Tsukuba, NGK Insulators Ltd. Brief

RAL proposes new efficient and low-cost process to crack ammonia for hydrogen using sodium amide; transportation applications

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RAL researchers are proposing a new process for the decomposition of ammonia to release hydrogen that involves the stoichiometric decomposition and formation of sodium amide from Na metal. To date, very few candidates show potential beyond that of the seminal work on titanium-doped sodium alanate. Credit: ACS, David et al. The Haber?Bosch

Univ. of Maryland team develops promising sodium-ion cathode material: FePO4/nanotube composite

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Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a nanocomposite material of amorphous, porous FePO 4 nanoparticles electrically wired by single-wall carbon nanotubes as a potential cathode material for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs). SWNT composite is a promising cathode material for viable sodium-ion batteries. nanoparticles.

BC Hydro and SC Electric Company partner on sodium-sulfur battery energy storage project

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BC Hydro has selected S&C Electric Company, a renewable energy integration company, for a sodium-sulfur (NaS) battery energy storage project intended to improve service reliability for a remote mountain community in British Columbia. This integrated solution optimizes total system efficiency and reliability for the community. Brief

GE to Open Sodium-Metal Halide Battery Plant in New York

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GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt shows a sodium-metal halide battery cell at the press conference announcing the battery plant. Click to enlarge.

UT Austin team identifies promising new cathode material for sodium-ion batteries: eldfellite

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Sodium-ion intercalation batteries—i.e., Crystal structure of the eldfellite cathode for a sodium-ion battery. Earlier post.)

Expanded graphite as a superior anode for sodium-ion batteries

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Sodium (Na) is an earth-abundant and inexpensive element, and shares many properties with lithium. 1 at a current density of 20?mA?g 1 at 100?mA?g

Vanderbilt researchers find iron pyrite quantum dots boost performance of sodium-ion and Li-ion batteries

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In this work we explore the sodium and lithium conversion of ultrafine FeS 2 nanoparticles, with a tight size distribution centered around ∼4.5

Univ. of Texas researchers propose lithium- or sodium-water batteries as next generation of high-capacity battery technology; applicable for EVs and grid storage

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Researchers at the University of Texas, including Dr. John Goodenough, are proposing a strategy for high-capacity next-generation alkali (lithium or sodium)-ion batteries using water-soluble redox couples as the cathode. The present sodium-sulfur battery operates above 300 °C. Example of a lithium-water rechargeable battery.

French researchers develop sodium-ion battery in 18650 format; performance comparable to Li-ion

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The main advantage of the prototype is that it relies on sodium, an element far more abundant and less costly than lithium. Batteries

Carbon-Neutral Gasoline Out Of Air? Yes, There's A Caveat

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Indeed, it appears to be so--if you add energy (and sodium hydroxide). Here's how it works: The process starts by blowing atmospheric air into a tower containing the sodium hydroxide, which Call it last week's most unexpected headline: the idea that a group of engineers in Britain had managed to create gasoline ("petrol") out of.

Researchers significantly improve H2 storage properties of sodium aluminium hydride by doping with 2D titanium carbide

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A team at Zhejiang University in China has significantly enhanced the hydrogen storage properties of sodium aluminum hydride (NaAlH 4 ) by doping it with a 2D titanium carbide (Ti 3 C2) MXene. The onset dehydrogenation temperature of the 7 wt% Ti 3 C 2 -containing NaAlH 4 sample is reduced to 100 °C, and hydrogen recharging starts at 50 °C.

New high energy, highly stable cathode for sodium-ion batteries

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F 0.7 , for sodium-ion (Na-ion) batteries (NIBs). Ragone plot for the new Na 1.5 VPO 4.8 cathode and other cathode materials for NIBs. VPO 4.8

New liquid alloy electrode significantly lowers operating temperature of sodium-beta batteries; improved performance

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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have devised an alloying strategy that enables sodium-beta batteries to operate at significantly lower temperatures. The new electrode enables sodium-beta batteries to last longer, helps streamline their manufacturing process and reduces the risk of accidental fire. Resources.

GE Launches Durathon Sodium-Metal Halide Battery for UPS Market

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Sodium-metal halide cell basic chemistry. Durathon technology uses a patented sodium halide chemistry. Click to enlarge.

Vanderbilt team develops ultrafast, high capacity and long-lived Na-ion anode

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Pint (2015) “Ultrafast Solvent-Assisted Sodium Ion Intercalation into Highly Crystalline Few-Layered Graphene” Nano Letters doi: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b04187.

New heterogeneous acid catalyst shows high activity in release of hydrogen from sodium borohydride; lowest activation energy yet reported

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A team from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has devised a heterogeneous acid catalyst, silica sulfuric acid, that shows high activity towards releasing hydrogen from sodium borohydride (NaBH 4 ), with a hydrolysis rate of 5.5 L min ?1 1 ) among reported heterogeneous catalysts to date. Millenium Cell liquidated in 2008.). Resources.

Sodium-ion energy storage in nanocellular carbon foams shows high capacity and rate retention; not an intercalation battery

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Sodium-ion intercalation batteries—i.e., Sodium metal may be a candidate, they noted, but there is “ probably a safety concern.”.

Researchers improve the performance of sodium-ion batteries by using tailored carbon anodes with hierarchical porosity

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In a paper published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science , they describe achieving capacities exceeding 100 mA h g ?1 Wenzel et al.

EaglePicher receives follow-on $3M award from ARPA-E to continue work on planar sodium-beta batteries

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Overview of the original EPT/PNNL project on planar sodium batteries. EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, (EPT), an OM Group, Inc. Click to enlarge.

PG&E, Calif. Energy Commission launch 4MW sodium-sulfur grid storage pilot in San Jose

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the California Energy Commission today unveiled a utility-scale sodium-sulfur battery energy storage system ( earlier post ) pilot project to better balance power needs of the electric grid. The system has a 4 megawatt capacity, and can store more than six hours of energy. Brief

SiGNa Chemistry Demonstrates Sodium Silicate-Based Hydrogen Generation System for Portable Fuel Cells

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Prototype sodium silicate hydrogen generation system as presented earlier this year at DOE merit review. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.).

Study looks at electrical energy storage

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Electric cars Green cars Latest news Lithium-ion batteries EES electrical energy storage lead carbon batteries sodium batteries US Department of EnergyNow a report by researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory takes a closer look [.].

New 3-step process for conversion of kraft lignin from black liquor into green diesel

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The process produces a toxic byproduct referred to as black liquor—a primarily liquid mixture of pulping residues (such as lignin and hemicellulose) and inorganic chemicals from the Kraft process (sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfide, for example). Their paper appears in the journal ChemSusChem. tons of black liquor dry solids.

GE testing sodium halide battery/Li-ion battery/fuel cell hybrid system for transit bus

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GE’s ecomagination.com publication reports that GE engineers have begun testing a transit bus equipped with a new hybrid energy system integrating GE’s Durathon sodium-halide battery ( earlier post ), a lithium-ion battery and a hydrogen fuel cell. Current fuel-cell-powered buses must include batteries to provide power for acceleration.

Researchers find tin nanoparticles promising electrode material for sodium-ion batteries

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Tin (Sn) shows promise as a robust electrode material for rechargeable sodium-ion (Na-ion) batteries, according to a new study by a team from the University of Pittsburgh and Sandia National Laboratory. reversible and rapid ion insertion and extraction, but using sodium ions rather than lithium. Mn 0.5 )O for the positive electrode.

TU Mnchen Investigates GE Sodium/Iron Chloride Batteries for Hybrid Locomotives

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Scientists at the research neutron source FRM II of the Technische Universität München (TUM) are taking a closer look at a high performance rechargeable battery for future hybrid locomotives, the sodium/iron chloride battery manufactured by General Electric (GE). The system uses neutrons to non-destructively peer deep inside objects.

UK’s Network Rail developing a prototype battery-powered train; trying Li-ion and sodium-nickel batteries

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This train will be adapted by Bombardier and fitted with two different forms of batteries: lithium (iron magnesium) phosphate and hot sodium nickel salt. A battery-powered train could use non-electrified and diesel lines, and recharge their batteries at terminal stations—i.e., Brief