UCSD researchers improve method to recycle and renew used cathodes from Li-ion batteries via eutectic molten salts

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Researchers at the University of California San Diego have improved their recycling process that regenerates degraded cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries. Illustration of the process to restore lithium ions to degraded NMC cathodes using eutectic molten salts at ambient pressure.

U Waterloo team shows four-electron conversion for Li-O2 batteries for high energy density; inorganic molten salt electrolyte, high temperature

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Chemists from the University of Waterloo have successfully resolved two of the most challenging issues surrounding lithium-oxygen batteries, and in the process created a working battery with near 100% coulombic efficiency. By operating the battery at 150 ?C Batteries Li-O2

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Sumitomo considering marketing new lower-temperature molten-salt electrolyte battery to automakers for EVs and hybrids

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Construction of the molten-salt electrolyte battery. is considering targeting its lower-temperature molten-salt electrolyte battery, being developed in partnership with Kyoto University ( earlier post ), to makers of electric and hybrid passenger cars, according to Bloomberg. A drawback to the general class of molten salt batteries (e.g., Using this salt, it developed the new molten-salt electrolyte battery.

Report: Sumitomo and Kyoto University developing lower temperature molten-salt battery; about 10% the cost of Li-ion

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in partnership with Kyoto University, has developed a lower temperature molten-salt rechargeable battery that promises to cost only about 10% as much as lithium ion batteries. Sumitomo intends to commercialize the battery around 2015 and market it as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries used in automobiles and homes, according to the report. The ZEBRA battery is an example of a molten salt battery.

Salt to make EV batteries cheaper and powerful

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Electric car batteries using molten salt could be significantly cheaper but offer twice the energy of their lithium-ion counterparts according to Sumitomo Electric Industries. Previous molten salt systems required operating temperatures [.]. Electric cars batteries ev Kyoto University Lithium Ion molten salt Sumitomo Electric

Novel Li-metal electrode design could lead to more powerful solid-state batteries

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Researchers at MIT and their colleagues are proposing a new design for electrodes that, based on the long-sought goal of using pure lithium metal as the anode, could lead to longer-lived batteries with higher energy densities. The design is part of a concept for developing safe all-solid-state batteries, dispensing with the liquid or polymer gel usually used as the electrolyte material between the battery’s two electrodes. Batteries Solid-state

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Sadoway and MIT team demonstrate calcium-metal-based liquid metal battery

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Their work, reported in an open-access paper in the journal Nature Communications, could make liquid metal battery technology even more practical and affordable, and open up a whole family of potential variations that could make use of local resources. Batteries

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Researchers report advances toward room-temperature fluoride-ion batteries

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Rechargeable fluoride-based batteries could offer very high energy density. However, current fluoride batteries use molten salt electrolytes, and thus need to operate at high temperatures. Now, a team of researchers from Caltech, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (managed by Caltech for NASA), the Honda Research Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report two advances that could lead the way toward room-temperature fluoride batteries. Batteries

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Lux Research: grid storage battery cost to fall to $500/kWh by 2022, short of expectations

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Lithium-ion and molten-salt battery costs will approach $500/kWh by 2022, reducing the high capital cost of emerging grid storage technologies. However, expectations of half that level will remain unrealistic for at least a decade, according to the Lux Research report “Grid Storage Battery Cost Breakdown: Exploring Paths to Accelerate Adoption.”. Among their findings: Cost of Li-ion batteries will dip 45% by 2022.

MIT team calls initial performance results of magnesium-antimony liquid metal battery “promising”

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Sectioned Mg||Sb liquid metal battery operated at 700 °C showing the three stratified liquid phases upon cooling to room temperature. Antimony is less costly and more earth-abundant than Bi and Te, but until now had not been demonstrated in a liquid metal battery.

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Honda develops process to reuse rare earth metals extracted from old NiMH batteries for new NiMH batteries for hybrid vehicles

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Honda’s process for recycling NiMH batteries. has established what it says it is the first process to reuse rare earth metals extracted from old nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries for new nickel-metal hydride batteries for use in hybrid vehicles. Honda has been extracting an oxide containing rare earth metals from used nickel-metal hydride batteries at the plant of Japan Metals & Chemicals Co., BatteriesThe new portion of the process is outlined in red.

GE Launches Durathon Sodium-Metal Halide Battery for UPS Market

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GE Energy Storage Technologies, a unit of GE Transportation, introduced its Durathon sodium-metal halide battery ( earlier post ) for critical backup power. GE has also introduced Durathon batteries for applications in the telecom and utility industries.

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Lux: Li-ion dominating grid storage market with 90% of 2014 proposals

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Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have become the dominant new technology in grid storage, capturing a 90% share of systems proposed last year, according to analysts at Lux Research. Molten salt batteries still account for a majority of installations by energy capacity, because of NGK Insulators’ early lead, but are no longer the technology of choice, according to Lux.

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GE to expand sodium-halide battery plant with $70M investment

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GE will invest an additional $70 million to expand its sodium-halide battery manufacturing plant in New York, which is part of the company’s new Energy Storage business. The new Durathon battery products ( earlier post )—half the size of conventional lead acid batteries but which last ten times longer—are targeted for cost-effective energy storage options for a range of applications, including telecom and utility operators.

AIST researchers synthesize new class of high-voltage, high-capacity cathode materials for Li-ion batteries

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Since the commercialization of Li-ion batteries by Sony in 1991, lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO 2 ) has been extensively studied as a positive electrode material in rechargeable lithium batteries. Nevertheless, the energy density of LiFePO 4 is approximately 500 Wh kg -1 , which does not meet the specifications for battery devices in electric vehicles. Batteries

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MIT team improves liquid metal batteries for grid-scale storage; lower operating temperature, cost

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Researchers at MIT have improved a proposed liquid battery system that could enable renewable energy sources to compete with conventional power plants. Professor Donald Sadoway and colleagues have already started a company, Ambri (initially Liquid Metal Battery Corporation), to produce electrical-grid-scale liquid batteries, which comprise layers of molten material which automatically separate due to their differing densities. Batteries

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ARPA-E to award $30M to increase performance of solid ion conductors for batteries, fuel cells

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The US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will award up to $30 million in funding for a new program focused on creating innovative components for the next generation of batteries, fuel cells, and other electrochemical devices. charging a battery).

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US Naval Research Lab scientists developing ionic liquid batteries

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Rather than depend on acidic electrolytes, ionic liquids are used to create a solid polymer electrolyte composed of an ionic liquid and polyvinyl alcohol, developing novel types of solid state batteries with discharge voltages ranging up to 1.8 The use of these electrolytes suggests the potential for new types of rechargeable systems, such as replacement electrolytes in nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, or even the standard lead-acid battery. Batteries

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BASF announces winners of the open innovation contest on energy storage

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The winning concepts were: A molten air battery that uses a molten salt electrolyte at elevated temperature from Professor Stuart Licht at George Washington University. A novel rechargeable zinc battery from the research group of Professors Paul Wright and James Evans from the University of California, Berkeley. BASF announced the winners of the BASF Energy Contest at the “Creator Space Summit” in Ludwigshafen.

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DOE requesting information on critical energy materials, including fuel cell platinum group metal catalysts

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Battery electric Plug-in hybrid electric Hybrid Fuel cells. Permanent magnets Batteries Catalytic converters Lightweighting (platform, frame, engine cradle, etc.). Batteries. Solid oxide solid acid Phosphoric acid molten carbonate Polymer electrolyte membrane. Mirrors Molten salts. Batteries Fuel Cells Materials Motors

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Team develops electroplating method for Li-ion cathode production; high performance and new form factors, functionalities

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Researchers at the University of Illinois, Xerion Advanced Battery Corporation and Nanjing University in China have developed a method for electroplating lithium-ion battery cathodes, yielding high-quality, high-performance battery materials that could also enable flexible and solid-state batteries.

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Hydro-Québec and Technifin form partnership to license lithium titanate spinel oxide (LTO) technologies for Li-ion battery applications

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Hydro-Québec (Canada) and Technifin (South Africa) have entered into an intellectual property collaboration agreement relating to the licensing of their respective intellectual property (IP) in lithium titanate spinel oxide (LTO) technologies, notably for lithium-ion battery applications. In 1996, he was the first to propose the use of nano-scale LTO for lithium-ion batteries and hybrid supercapacitors.). Batteries

Boulder Ionics raises $4.3M for high-throughput production of ionic liquid electrolytes for energy storage devices

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million financing and grant awards totaling almost $1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF), US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN), Boulder Ionics will demonstrate the use of ionic-liquid-based electrolytes in a range of devices from ultracapacitors and lithium-ion batteries to metal-air batteries. Ionic liquids (room-temperature molten salts) are a relatively new class of materials that show promise for electrolytes in energy storage applications.

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Ceramic pump moves molten metal at a record 1,400 ?C; new avenues for energy storage and hydrogen production

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A ceramic-based mechanical pump able to operate at record temperatures of more than 1,400 ˚C (1,673 K) can transfer high-temperature liquids such as molten tin, enabling a new generation of energy conversion and storage systems. This would allow us to create a new type of battery.

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DOE awarding >$24M to 77 projects through Technology Commercialization Fund

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Advanced Inorganic Fluors in the Scintillation Hydro-Gel for Isotopic Neutron Emitters (SHINE) Neutron Detection Material for Nuclear Reactor Monitoring Systems, $37,500 Advanced Manufacturing of Electrochemical Sensors for Molten Salt Applications, $75,000 INFlex Labs LLC, Boise, Idaho Application of advanced preprocessing technologies for biopower and biobased products, $300,000 Lignetics Inc.,

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Solartaxi visits AeroVironment

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Solar trailer mounted 14kWhr Zebra battery pack. Solartaxi has two Swiss made 14kwhr Zebra batteries which are a molten-salt type battery that has an operating temperature window of 270-350degC (518-662degF). The battery is insulated in a thermos-style package to minimize heat loss and has a life of about 1000 charging cycles. Zebra batteries have an energy density of around 90Whr/kg. Stefano readies for a Solartaxi test drive.

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DOE to award more than $55M to 31 projects for plug-in and efficient vehicle technologies; Delphi receives $10M to further GDCI

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developing beyond Li-ion battery technologies. million in co-funding to support projects focused on beyond lithium-ion battery technologies and reducing friction and wear in the powertrain. Other projects focus on advancing lightweight materials research to help electric vehicles increase their range and reduce battery needs, and developing advanced climate control technologies that reduce energy used for passenger comfort and increase the drive range of plug-in electric vehicles.

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California Energy Commission awards more than $5.5M for green transportation projects and $1.8M for 20 energy research projects

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved $5,580,773 for clean-energy transportation projects including biodiesel production, power control electronics for medium-and heavy-duty battery electric vehicles, and buydowns for propane vehicles. The device would also capture a wide range of solar temperatures, including those too high to be captured by current state-of-the-art molten-salt heat storage devices.

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New $30M ARPA-E program to develop new solar conversion and storage technologies; targeting higher solar penetration in mix

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A recent analysis finds that a new German program offering up to 660 EUR/kW subsidy for storage tied to PV will not lower battery payback periods enough to induce new investment. batteries or flywheels). inexpensive molten salt storage and/or the use of a steam Rankine turbine).

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DOE ARPA-E awards $156M to projects to 60 projects to accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies

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trough with molten salt system, this technology can reduce. Concentrating Solar Power/Nuclear: Advanced Molten Glass. melting point molten glass as the heat transfer and thermal. system to pump, heat, store, and discharge the molten glass. Battery Based On Advanced Metal Hydrides A project team from the University of Utah will develop an advanced metal hydride-based compact hot and cold battery. electrical battery is being charged.

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