Startup Blue Current seeking to commercialize non-flammable fluorinated electrolytes for Li-ion batteries

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) battery scientist Nitash Balsara and co-inventor Joseph DeSimone of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, have launched Blue Current , a startup company backed by investment firm Faster LLC, to commercialize their non-flammable electrolytes for Li-ion batteries. Dominica H.

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Researchers identify new class of non-flammable electrolytes for Li-ion batteries

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Commercial Lithium-ion batteries usually contain an electrolyte that is dissolved in flammable organic solvents; damage to the battery from a variety of causes can result in fire, sometimes with catastrophic effect. —Dominica Wong, lead author. Going forward, the team will focus on optimizing electrolyte conductivity and improving battery cycling characteristics, which are necessary before the new material can be scaled up for use in commercial batteries. Dominica H.

Global geothermal industry passes 12,000 MW operational

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Financing was announced for projects in Costa Rica, Dominica, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Tanzania, and the United States, while projects in drilling and start-of-construction phases made headway in Chile, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Montserrat, The Philippines, Rwanda, and Zambia.

New hybrid polymer-glass electrolyte for solid-state lithium batteries

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Balsara and DeSimone have also co-founded a startup company called Blue Current, which aims to commercialize a perfluoropolyether-based nonflammable electrolyte they developed together (described in a 2014 PNAS paper, Wong et al. Dominica H.