ion Ventures and LiNa Energy conclude successful test of solid-state sodium-nickel battery platform

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LiNa Energy is commercializing a safe, ~$50kWh (at mass manufacturing), cobalt-free battery platform that is suited to grid storage and the electrification of transportation.

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WSU, PNNL researchers develop viable sodium battery

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Sodium-ion batteries (SIBs), with the intrinsic advantages of resource abundance and geographic uniformity, are desired alternative battery technology to Li-ion batteries (LIBs) for grid-scale energy storage and transportation applications.

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Faradion receives first order for sodium-ion batteries for Australian market

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the leader in sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery technology, has received its first order from ICM Australia for high-energy sodium-ion batteries for use in the Australian market. Unlike lithium-ion batteries, Faradion’s sodium-ion batteries have exceptional thermal stability and safety.

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

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Professor John Goodenough, the inventor of the lithium-ion battery, and his team at the University of Texas at Austin have identified a new cathode material made of the nontoxic and inexpensive mineral eldfellite (NaFe(SO 4 ) 2 ), presenting a significant advancement in the quest for a commercially viable sodium-ion battery. Sodium-ion intercalation batteries—i.e., However, sodium-ion batteries face issues related to performance, weight and instability of materials.

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Expanded graphite as a superior anode for sodium-ion batteries

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Researchers at the University of Maryland, with colleagues at the University of Illinois at Chicago, report on a new method for expanding graphite for use as a superior anode for sodium-ion batteries in a paper in Nature Communications. Sodium (Na) is an earth-abundant and inexpensive element, and shares many properties with lithium. to enlarge the interlayer lattice distance to accomodate the larger sodium ions.

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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. The traditional design of sodium-beta batteries consists of two electrodes separated by a solid membrane made of the ceramic material beta alumina.

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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. Barriers to commercialization of high energy density Li-sulfur batteries are fast capacity fading (stability) and low cycling efficiency mainly due to a complicated reaction mechanism which involves different soluble lithium polysulfides. The second presentation described the use of a solid electrolyte in a sodium-ion battery cell.

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Iowa State/Ames Lab researcher receives $3M from ARPA-E for solid-state sodium battery

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) has awarded $3 million from its 2015 OPEN funding to a project to develop an all-solid-state sodium battery. A sodium-based battery, on the other hand, has the potential to store larger amounts of electrical energy at a significantly lower cost. And, nearly all countries have access to large amounts of sodium. And Solid Power, led by Dr. Josh Buettner-Garrett, will oversee the commercialization of the completed battery.

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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. A new company, Field Upgrading (Calgary, Alberta), has been formed dedicated to developing and commercializing the Molten Sodium Upgrading (MSU) technology. The MSU process involves mixing elemental molten sodium and small quantities of hydrogen or methane to reduce significantly the levels of sulphur, metals, TAN (total acid number) and asphaltenes in heavy oil feedstocks, including oil sands bitumen.

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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). With a simple synthetic procedure, cost-effective chemicals, and desirable cell performance, the method offers a promising candidate for commercialized cathode materials of SIBs, the researchers suggest in a paper in the ACS journal Nano Letters.

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

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Researchers within the RS2E network on electrochemical energy storage (Réseau sur le stockage électrochimique de l’énergie) in France have developed the first sodium-ion battery in an 18650 format. The main advantage of the prototype is that it relies on sodium, an element far more abundant and less costly than lithium. Six partner laboratories of the RS2E were involved in the project with the goal to find the right composition for the sodium cathode.

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

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company, and a leading supplier of specialty batteries and energy storage solutions for the defense, aerospace, medical, commercial and grid energy storage markets, will receive a $3-million award from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to further develop their catalytic energy storage technology. Overview of the original EPT/PNNL project on planar sodium batteries. EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, (EPT), an OM Group, Inc.

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

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Researchers at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany, have improved the performance of sodium-ion batteries ( earlier post ) by using tailor-made carbon materials with hierarchical porosity for the anode instead of common carbon-based anode materials. A battery that uses sodium ions instead of lithium ions could potentially be much less expensive and safer, and it would be more environmentally benign.

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Faraday Institution commits a further $31M to battery research to deliver commercial impact

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million will fund these refocused research projects, including targeting market opportunities and early-stage commercial development, in the following areas: Extending battery life , led by Prof Clare Grey, University of Cambridge, with researchers from the Universities of Birmingham, Liverpool, Oxford, Sheffield, Southampton, Warwick, Imperial College London and UCL.

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

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $24 million in funding for 77 projects supported by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). The new TCF selections will expand DOE’s efforts to catalyze the commercial impact of the Department’s portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities.

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Planar Sodium Nickel Chloride Batteries Could Deliver 30% More Power at Lower Temperatures Than Conventional Cylindrical Versions

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Schematic of a sodium-nickel chloride cell with planar design. A planar (flat) sodium-nickel chloride battery could deliver 30% more power at lower temperatures than the typical cylindrical design, according to researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Sodium-beta batteries have been around since the 1960s. MES-DEA acquired the ZEBRA technology as is commercializing it.

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Xcel Terms First Phase of Sodium-Sulfur Battery Wind Energy Storage Test Project Successful

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In October 2008, Xcel began testing a one-megawatt sodium-sulfur (NaS) battery ( earlier post ) to demonstrate its ability to store wind energy and move it to the electricity grid when needed. The sodium-sulfur battery is commercially available and versions of this technology are in use elsewhere in the US and other parts of the world, but this is the first US application of the battery as a direct wind energy storage device.

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Na-ion battery developer Faradion collaborating with battery manufacturer AMTE Power

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a leader in non-aqueous sodium-ion battery technolog ( earlier post ), announced a collaboration which combines Faradion’s IP with AMTE Power’s design and manufacturing capabilities. UK-based battery manufacturer AMTE Power and Faradion Ltd. ,

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. GE says the planned facility will produce approximately 10 million sodium-metal halide cells each year—equivalent to 900 MWh of energy storage, or enough to support 1,000 GE hybrid locomotives. The first application will be GE’s hybrid locomotive, which will be commercialized in 2010. Sodium batteries are just the opposite….

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GE demonstrates dual battery system for electric buses; pairing high-energy density sodium battery with high-power lithium battery optimizes performance and lowers cost

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The hybrid systems research team at GE Global Research has successfully demonstrated a dual battery system for an electric transit bus, pairing a high-energy density sodium metal halide battery with a high-power lithium battery. GE will conducting another bus demonstration for the project next year, in which it will be using its new sodium battery ( earlier post ) and a new modern, advanced composites lightweight bus. Sodium batteries are on the opposite side of the spectrum.

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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. A = lithium or sodium (Li or Na), M represents a metal and 1 ≤ n < z. Also, sodium rather than lithium might be used as the anode. Example of a lithium-water rechargeable battery.

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Novozymes launches commercial enzyme technology to convert waste oils into biodiesel

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Novozymes has launched Eversa Transform, the first commercially available enzymatic solution (a liquid lipase) to convert both glycerides and free fatty acids (FFA) into biodiesel. The enzymatic process eliminates the need for sodium methoxide, one of the most hazardous chemicals in traditional biodiesel plants.

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Lygos partners with Agile BioFoundry and DOE to accelerate bioproduct R&D and commercialization; two-year, $5M pilot collaboration

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Lygos produces high-value specialty chemical traditionally produced in oil-based petrochemical processes in a process that uses commercially proven, acid-tolerant yeast and domestic sugars instead of petroleum, and has pioneered the world’s first bio-based production of malonic acid (a C 3 -dicarboxylic acid). Lygos announced that the US Department of Energy is providing multi-year funding for Lygos’ collaboration with the Agile BioFoundry (ABF) to automate research technology.

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Phillips 66 progressing its conversion of California refinery to renewable fuels

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A memorandum of understanding with Southwest Airlines to commercialize sustainable aviation fuel. A technical collaboration with Faradion, a leader in sodium-ion battery technology, to develop lower-cost and higher-performing anode materials for sodium-ion batteries.

Sigma-Aldrich and Ilika Technologies collaborate to scale-up and commercialize boron hydride hydrogen-storage materials

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Aldrich Materials Science , a strategic technology initiative of Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, has signed an agreement to collaborate on the scale-up and commercialization of next-generation boron hydride hydrogen-storage materials with Ilika plc , an advanced cleantech materials discovery company. Current commercially available hydride materials can achieve up to 2.3

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Mangrove raises $3M from BDC Capital to accelerate deployment of battery-grade lithium processing systems

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The platform technology is also being commercialized for conversion of waste brines to chemicals and desalinated water. Canada-based Mangrove Lithium closed a $3-million financing from BDC Capital’s Cleantech Practice.

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Skyonic awards $117M construction contract to Toyo-Thai-USA for commercial-scale carbon capture and utilization plant

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The captured pollutants are mineralized into solid products, including sodium bicarbonate, which are stored, transported and sold as safe, stable solids. Skyonic Corporation, developer of the SkyMine mineralization process which can serve as a potential replacement for existing scrubber technology ( earlier post ), recently awarded the $117M construction contract for the Capitol SkyMine plant in San Antonio, Texas, to Toyo-Thai-USA Corporation (TTUS).

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NYSERDA Commits $8M to Develop and Commercialize 19 New York Battery and Energy-Storage Technology Projects

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will award $8 million to help develop or commercialize 19 advanced energy storage projects. Funding will support projects in two categories: Industry-led near-term commercialization partnerships (two major awards), and technology development. Industry-Led Commercialization Partnerships: $4.8

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First Cobalt announces positive feasibility results for Canadian cobalt refinery expansion; first NA producer of battery-grade cobalt sulfate

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Discussions underway with Glencore on commercial arrangements, financing and allocation of project economics; third party and government funding opportunities also under review. Sodium Treatment. First Cobalt Corp.

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ARPA-E awarding $24M to two SCALEUP projects: battery technology and methane detection

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These SCALEUP “Fast-Track” teams, Natron Energy and Bridger Photonics, will receive $19 million and $5 million, respectively, to further their commercialization efforts in sodium-ion battery development and methane detection technologies, respectively. The program works to take promising energy technologies to the pre-pilot stage of the path to market and ultimately lead to realized commercial impact.

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Haldor Topsøe acquires 18% of Na-ion battery company Faradion Ltd

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Haldor Topsøe A/S, a global market leader in catalysis and related process technologies, recently acquired 18% of the shares in sodium-ion battery technology company Faradion Ltd, based in Sheffield, UK. As part of the investment, Haldor Topsøe will collaborate with Faradion to further co-develop and scale up key parts of the company’s sodium-ion (Na-ion) technology.

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Hyundai Motor and Kia collaborate with Next Hydrogen to develop advanced alkaline water electrolysis system

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Alkaline water electrolysis systems electrolyze water using an alkaline electrolyte such as potassium hydroxide (KOH) or sodium hydroxide (NaOH). A pilot test is planned for next year, and the companies will also explore potential technological applications and commercial arrangements.

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WUSTL team develops high-power direct borohydride fuel cells; double the voltage of conventional H2 fuel cells

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Doubling the voltage would allow for a smaller, lighter, more efficient fuel cell design, which translates to significant gravimetric and volumetric advantages when assembling multiple cells into a stack for commercial use.

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Argonne Lab working with 3 nuclear companies on next-generation reactor projects

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Argonne-involved projects are: AREVA is partnering with TerraPower Company (working to commercialize Traveling Wave Reactors, TWR), Argonne and Texas A&M University to conduct thermal hydraulic modeling and simulations and an experimental investigation for liquid metal-cooled fast reactor fuel assemblies. GE Hitachi (GEH) is partnering with Argonne to develop an updated safety assessment of the company’s PRISM sodium-cooled fast reactor.

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Rio Tinto declares maiden ore reserve at Jadar; major potential source of battery-grade lithium carbonate

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Jadar, one of the largest greenfield lithium projects in development, would be capable of producing approximately 55 thousand tonnes of battery grade lithium carbonate, as well as 160 thousand tonnes of boric acid (B 2 O 3 units) and 255 thousand tonnes of sodium sulfate as by-products per annum. The campaigns successfully produced unrefined lithium carbonate, boric acid and sodium sulfate at target recoveries without the build-up of detrimental species.

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

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Sumitomo had earlier said that it intended to commercialize the battery around 2015 for commercial-vehicle fleet operators and stationary applications, and was targeting revenue of more than ¥1 trillion (US$13 billion) from it. the ZEBRA battery, or GE’s Durathon sodium-metal halide batteries, earlier post ) has been the need for high operating temperatures to keep the salt molten. Construction of the molten-salt electrolyte battery. Source: Sumitomo. Click to enlarge.

Johnson Matthey partners with Finnish Materials Group for second eLNO cathode plant; deals with Nornickel and SQM

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Johnson Matthey (JM) is partnering with Finnish Minerals Group to support development of its previously announced second eLNO cathode materials ( earlier post ) commercial plant, which will be in Finland, powered solely by renewable energy and incorporating an innovative effluent treatment solution.

Antimony nanocrystals as high-capacity anode materials for both Li-ion and Na-ion batteries

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Initial studies revealed that antimony could be suitable for both rechargeable lithium- and sodium-ion batteries because it is able to store both kinds of ions. Sodium is regarded as a possible low-cost alternative to lithium as it is much more naturally abundant and its reserves are more evenly distributed on Earth. This makes antimony particularly promising for sodium-ion batteries because the best lithium-storing anode materials (Graphite and Silicon) do not operate with sodium.

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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). This approach will enable the development of new techniques to process commercial lignin in existing oil refinery infrastructures to standardized transportation fuels in the future.

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Faraday Institution to award up to £55M to five consortia for energy storage research

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The projects, which are expected to run over four years, address battery challenges faced by industry and leverage the UK’s research capabilities to advance scientific knowledge with the aim of commercializing new battery technologies and processes. Next generation sodium ion batteries–NEXGENNA. Its aim is to put on the path to commercialisation a safe sodium ion battery with high performance, low cost and a long cycle life.

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Researchers devise electrode architectures to prevent dendrite formation in solid-state batteries

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So far, the current densities that have been achieved in experimental solid-state batteries have been far short of what would be needed for a practical commercial rechargeable battery. At the ordinary temperatures that the battery operates in, “it stays in a regime where you have both a solid phase and a liquid phase,” in this case made of a mixture of sodium and potassium.

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Penn State team uses 3D cross-linked polymer sponge to stabilize Li-metal anodes

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Using metals as anodes in metal batteries is considered as the most promising approach to achieve high energy density in next-generation batteries, and it is applied in commercial low-cost batteries such as zinc (Zn) metal batteries and lead acid batteries. at a commercial-level areal capacity. The researchers also observed dendrite-free morphology in sodium and zinc anodes, indicating a broader promise of this approach.

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Researchers convert atmospheric CO2 to carbon nanofibers and nanotubes for use as anodes in Li-ion and Na-ion batteries

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Researchers from George Washington University and Vanderbilt University have demonstrated the conversion of atmospheric CO 2 into carbon nanofibers (CNFs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for use as high-performance anodes in both lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries. Here we show that this process can be used as a sustainable synthetic pathway for defect-controlled CNT and CNF materials, which exhibit excellent performance in the context of lithium-ion and sodium-ion battery anode materials.

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