UPS adds battery energy storage for 118 electric vans in UK

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For fleet operators who recharge large fleets of electric vehicles overnight, however, the load on electric grids and consequent demand charges pose a. electric utilities plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) London Commercial vehicle fleet energy storage UPSElectric vehicles are not only zero-emission and quieter and more pleasant to drive, they also clearly lower emissions of the carbon dioxide linked to climate change under most circumstances.

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Electrochemical energy storage startup SPARKZ licenses ORNL cobalt-free battery tech

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Stealth-mode electrochemical energy storage startup SPARKZ Inc. has exclusively licensed five battery technologies from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) designed to eliminate the use of cobalt metal in lithium-ion batteries. The advancement is aimed at accelerating the production of electric vehicles and energy storage solutions for the power grid. Energy density is especially important for EVs.

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ABB partners with Vigor selects ABB as propulsion and energy storage partner for hybrid-electric ferries

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American shipbuilding company Vigor Fab LLC has selected ABB as the hybrid-electric propulsion and energy storage system provider for the newest additions to the Washington State Ferry fleet—the largest US ferry system. Upon delivery in 2024, the initial vessel of the series will be the first newbuild in Washington State Ferry’s fleet to feature hybrid-electric propulsion and a high capacity energy storage system.

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DOE: high-temperature, downhole rechargeable energy storage device ready for commercialization

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the commercialization of a rechargeable energy storage device capable of operating in the extreme temperatures necessary for geothermal energy production. A $2.2-million Energy Department investment, coupled with $5.5 The devices are expected to be released commercially later this year and were developed under a grant from the Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) in 2012.

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Hitachi, Mitsubishi Motors and ENGIE testing plug-in vehicles as renewable energy storage for office buildings

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Mitsubishi Motors and ENGIE are partnered in a project to explore the potential for electric vehicles to act as a means of energy storage for an office building. Hitachi’s V2X Charger is the first recharger that not only recharges an electric car but can also discharge the energy back into the building/grid providing different flexibilities including kW, ?kW, This energy can then be discharged back into the grid when appropriate. Hitachi Europe Ltd.,

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Rechargeable ultrahigh-capacity tellurium-aluminum batteries

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Researchers at the University of Science and Technology Beijing, with colleagues at Beijing Institute of Technology, have demonstrated the potential of rechargeable tellurium (Te) nanowire positive electrodes to construct ultrahigh-capacity rechargeable tellurium-aluminum batteries (TABs). V discharge voltage—competitive to the record-setting energy density of documented aluminum-ion batteries (AIBs).

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Sony to ship 1.2 kWh energy storage modules using rechargeable Li-ion batteries made from olivine-type phosphate

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kWh energy storage modules that use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries made with olivine-type lithium-ion iron phosphate as the cathode material. These energy storage modules have a lifespan of over 10 years, excellent safety performance, rapid recharging capabilities and high scalability. This energy storage module has 1.2kWh capacity and multiple modules can be connected either in series or in parallel to easily expand the voltage or capacity.

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Volvo Car Group testing lightweight structural energy storage material applied in trunk lid and plenum cover

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A composite blend of carbon fibers and polymer resin is being developed that can store and charge more energy faster than conventional batteries can. In one of the papers related to the work, a team from Imperial College London (the academic lead on the project), noted: To date, two main strategies have been applied to the fabrication of multifunctional structural energy storage devices.

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USC team develops novel organic redox flow battery for large-scale energy storage

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Scientists at USC have developed a novel water-based Organic Redox Flow Battery (ORBAT) for lower cost, long lasting large-scale energy storage. These properties render quinone-based redox couples very attractive for high-efficiency metal-free rechargeable batteries, they found. Since grid-scale electrical energy storage requires hundreds of gigawatt-hours to be stored, the batteries for this application must be inexpensive, robust, safe and sustainable.

2014 97

Toshiba supplies Li-ion traction energy storage system for Tobu Railway

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Toshiba Corporation has supplied a Li-ion battery traction energy storage system (TESS) to Tobu Railway Co., TESS stores traction energy generated by decelerating trains as they enter a station and releases it as needed when trains accelerate from the station. Toshiba’s TESS is installed at Unga station on the Tobu Urban Park Line, and utilizes Toshiba’s SCiB rechargeable Li-ion batteries to store regenerated power.

2014 78

OSU smart membrane could enable new category of high-energy, high-power energy storage for EVs

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Described in a paper published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science , the smart membrane separator could enable the design of a new category of rechargeable/refillable energy storage devices with high energy density and specific power that would overcome the contemporary limitations of electric vehicles. The driving miles per recharge time (min) for commercially viable battery technology is ~0.1–0.4

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Hydro-Québec and Sony forming JV to develop large-scale Li-ion energy storage system for power grids

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Hydro-Québec and Sony Corporation will establish a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids. Furthermore, the energy storage system for such power supplies must be highly safe and reliable due to the need for an efficient and stable source of high capacity power. Sony and Hydro-Québec plan to establish the new company in June, 2014.

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ARPA-E awards $43M to 19 energy storage projects to advance electric vehicle and grid technologies

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The US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected 19 new projects to receive a total of $43 million to develop breakthrough energy storage technologies and support promising small businesses. military at forward operating bases in remote areas —Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. Advanced Management And Protection Of Energy-Storage Devices (AMPED). Energy Storage SBIR/STTR Project Descriptions.

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NASA selects proposals for advanced energy storage systems for future space missions: silicon-anode Li-ion and Li-S

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NASA has selected four proposals for advanced Li-ion and Li-sulfur energy storage technologies that may be used to power the agencys future space missions. Managed by the Game Changing Development Program within NASAs Space Technology Mission Directorate, the four selected technology proposals are: Silicon Anode Based Cells for High Specific Energy Systems, submitted by Amprius, Inc, in Sunnyvale, California ( earlier post ).

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New prototype rechargeable lithium-nitrogen battery

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As the most abundant gas in Earth’s atmosphere, nitrogen has been an attractive option as a source of renewable energy. But nitrogen gas—which consists of two nitrogen atoms held together by a strong, triple covalent bond—doesn’t break apart under normal conditions, presenting a challenge to scientists who want to transfer the chemical energy of the bond into electricity. Its energy output is brief but comparable to that of other lithium-metal batteries.

Mitsubishi Heavy to supply 500 kWh (normal) containerized Li-ion energy storage system to power grid of Orkney Islands

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MHI), jointly with SSE plc (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy plc), will begin an energy storage system demonstration project using the power grid in the UK’s Orkney Islands, which has a high proportion of renewable energy generation in relation to demand. The storage system is slated to be handed over for operational use in early 2013. Each battery container houses more than 2,000 units of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.

2012 92

BASF announces winners of the open innovation contest on energy storage

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BASF announced the winners of the BASF Energy Contest at the “Creator Space Summit” in Ludwigshafen. A novel rechargeable zinc battery from the research group of Professors Paul Wright and James Evans from the University of California, Berkeley. The Open Innovation Contest, initiated by BASF at the beginning of February, aims to find ideas for the storage of energy from renewable energy sources.

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KAIST researchers develop nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes for high-capacity Li-ion energy storage systems

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Korean have developed nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes for high-capacity lithium-ion energy storage systems, such as a lithium-ion capacitor. Lithium-ion capacitors represent an intermediate system between Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors, and are designed to take advantage of the benefits of both types of energy storage systems (ESSs)—i.e., higher energy densities and power densities, respectively.

2012 90

New solid-electrolyte interphase may boost prospects for rechargeable Li-metal batteries

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Rechargeable lithium metal batteries with increased energy density, performance, and safety may be possible with a newly-developed, solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI), according to Penn State researchers. The SEI is key to the stabilization of lithium metal anodes for rechargeable batteries; however, the SEI is constantly reforming and consuming electrolyte with cycling.

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ARPA-E RANGE: $20M for robust transformational energy storage systems for EVs; 3x the range at 1/3 the cost

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) has issued a funding opportunity announcement ( DE-FOA-0000869 ) for about $20 million for the development of transformational electrochemical energy storage technologies intended to accelerate widespread electric vehicle adoption by significantly improving driving range, cost, and reliability. Energy storage systems that act as structural members.

2013 83

GAO: US government obligated $1.3+ billion in 39 battery and energy storage initiatives from FY 2009-2012; fragmented but not duplicative

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In a recently published report (GAO-12-842), the US Government Accountability office (GAO) identified 39 battery and energy storage initiatives with a variety of key characteristics that were implemented across six federal agencies: the Departments of Energy (DOE) and Defense (DOD); the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); the National Science Foundation (NSF); the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

2012 81

Hybrid DLC-Battery Energy Storage System for Streetcars

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Siemens earlier this year launched a new hybrid energy storage system for streetcars that combines a double-layer capacitor (DLC) and NiMH battery pack. Streetcars equipped with the Sitras HES hybrid energy storage system can be driven up to 2,500 meters (1.6 Vehicles equipped with the energy storage systems consume up to 30% less energy per year and produce up to 80 metric tons less CO 2 emission than vehicles without energy storage systems.

MHI delivers large-capacity Li-ion energy storage system for advanced microgrid study and verification testing at Shimizu Corp.

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MHI) has delivered a large-capacity Li-ion battery energy storage system to the Shimizu Institute of Technology in Tokyo. The institute, a technology arm of Shimizu Corporation, a major Japanese construction firm, is presently conducting advanced studies, including verification testing, into various technological areas, including microgrids, which are a localized power management system, and smart BEMS (building and energy management system).

2011 81

Mitsubishi Heavy develops containerized large-scale Li-ion energy storage system

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MHI), has developed Japan’s first cargo container-type large-capacity energy storage system using Li-ion batteries. Japan’s first container-type large-capacity energy storage system using lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. The power storage system is capable of providing electricity for some 100 households for three to eight hours. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., (MHI),

2011 76

DOE Awarding $620M for Smart Grid Demonstration and Energy Storage Projects

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The US Department of Energy is awarding $620 million for projects around the country to demonstrate advanced Smart Grid technologies and integrated systems. These 32 demonstration projects, which include large-scale energy storage, smart meters, distribution and transmission system monitoring devices, plug-in vehicles, and a range of other smart technologies, will act as models for deploying integrated Smart Grid systems on a broader scale. Notrees Wind Storage.

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Boeing HorizonX invests in lithium-metal rechargeable battery startup Cuberg

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Cuberg developed an advanced lithium metal rechargeable battery cell that is designed to be a drop-in solution to existing large-scale battery manufacturing processes. It combines a lithium metal anode, proprietary electrolyte and high-voltage cathode to achieve high energy density and thermal durability. Existing cell prototypes with pure lithium metal anodes have already demonstrated stable cycling and high specific energy at lower rates.

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National University of Singapore researchers devise membrane-based supercapacitors; possible new route to high-performance supercapacitive energy storage

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Unlike more conventional supercapacitor electrode materials with large surface areas and high porosities, the new hydrophilized polymer network uses ion-conducting channels for fast ion transport and charge storage. Because of its practical advantages such as easy preparation and intrinsic stability in electrolyte, the hydrophilized network may provide a new route to high-performance supercapacitive energy storage. (a) Chemical structure of the PEDT:PSSH polymer blend. (b)

2011 89

Industry study finds lead-acid to remain most wide-spread automotive energy storage for foreseeable future; new chemistries continue to grow

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The study, which provides a joint industry analysis of how different types of batteries are used in different automotive applications, concludes that lead-based batteries will by necessity remain the most wide-spread energy storage system in automotive applications for the foreseeable future. In full-hybrid vehicles, the stored energy is also used for a certain range of electric driving.

2014 101

New approach to high power energy storage devices: graphene surface-enabled Li ion-exchanging cells

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A team from Nanotek Instruments and Angstrom Materials reports on a new strategy for the design of high-power and high energy-density devices based on the massive exchange of lithium ions between surfaces (not the bulk) of two nanostructured electrodes. lower left in diagram below] When the cell is recharged, a massive flux of lithium ions are quickly released from the large amount of cathode surface, migrating into the anode zone.

2011 78

500 kW Solar PV system goes online at Fords Michigan Assembly; 2 MWh energy storage system

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The system is the result of collaboration between Ford, DTE Energy, Xtreme Power, the city of Wayne and the state of Michigan. Ford collaborated with DTE Energy to install the 500 kW solar photovoltaic panel system at Michigan Assembly. The system will be integrated with a 750-kilowatt energy storage facility that can store 2 million watt-hours of energy using batteries. The plant will also produce Focus Electric, C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid.

2011 69

Dow to produce advantaged materials for energy storage; initial focus on automotive

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The Dow Chemical Company is organizing a new business that will manufacture advantaged battery materials for the energy storage industry. With an initial focus on the automotive market, Dow will sell advantaged materials that will enable manufacturers of rechargeable lithium ion batteries to produce batteries with extended run times, increased power and operational life, with equal or enhanced safety performance than what is commercially available today.

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. The awards are being made to companies and universities across New York that are involved in advanced research and development of energy storage applications that could benefit transportation, utility Smart Grid applications, renewable energy technologies, and other industries.

2010 78

Powdermet partnering with DOD and DOE to commercialize new nano-composite materials for energy storage and ultra wear resistance

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a provider of advanced coatings and metal formulations, has secured several partnerships with corporate, government and military agencies—including the US Army, Navy and Department of Energy, to advance commercialization of its EnComp Energetic nanocomposites and MComP Microcomposite materials for use in high-density energy storage and energy-efficient mechanical bearing markets. Huge for EVs and renewables, where energy storage has been an issue.

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European Researchers Developing Multifunctional Structural Composite Material That Can Double as Energy Storage

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Researchers from Imperial College London and their European partners, including Volvo Car Corporation, are developing a prototype multifunctional structural composite material composed of carbon fibers and a polymer resin which can store and discharge electrical energy and which is also strong and lightweight enough to be used for car parts. The laminated architecture of fibre composites mirrors the configuration of many current electrical storage devices.

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Argonne/JCESR team demonstrates first rechargeable calcium-ion battery

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One potential path for delivering higher energy density storage that current Li-ion batteries is to use a multivalent ion such as Ca 2+ or Mg 2+. Now, researchers at Argonne National Laboratory and the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) have demonstrated the first rechargeable calcium-ion battery. Ingram (2015) “Rechargeable Ca-Ion Batteries: A New Energy Storage System” Chemistry of Materials 27 (24), 8442-8447 doi: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b04027.

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International Battery Large-Format Li-ion Cells Chosen by SC Electric for First Community Energy Storage System

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International Battery (IB), a US manufacturer and developer of large-format lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, has been chosen as the battery system provider for the first-of-its-kind Community Energy Storage (CES) systems, developed by S&C Electric Company for American Electric Power (AEP). Community Energy Storage is a concept for distributed energy storage initiated by AEP.

2010 73

Fuji Pigment unveils rechargeable Aluminum-air battery; targeting initial commercialization this spring

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has developed a new type of aluminum-air battery which can be recharged by refilling with salt or fresh water and which uses a modified structure to ensure longer battery lifetime. With very high theoretical energy densities, metal air technology is considered a promising technology candidate for “beyond Li-ion” next-generation batteries enabling future long-range battery-electric vehicles—assuming the development obstacles can be overcome.

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MIT Researchers Find That Elastic Energy Storage Systems Built With Carbon Nanotubes Could Match Li-ion Battery Energy Densities

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Energy density of single-walled CNT (SWCNT) bundles under tensile loading with support structures made of single crystal diamond, silicon and silicon carbide. New research by MIT scientists suggests that carbon nanotubes could be used to create elastic energy storage systems with energy densities that could be three orders of magnitude higher than those of conventional steel springs, and comparable to Li-ion batteries with potentially more durability and reliability.

2009 81

Ricardo reports significant efficiency advance in its Kinergy hermetically-sealed high-speed flywheel energy storage system; prospects for price-sensitive hybridization

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Ricardo reports that a significant improvement in the magnetic coupling and gearing system in its Kinergy hermetically-sealed high-speed flywheel energy storage device ( earlier post ) has now taken the system efficiency to better than that of a conventional geared-drive system. The efficiency improvements announced today represent a significant milestone in the development of this highly promising Ricardo patented energy storage technology.

2011 83

IBM Almaden Lab Exploring Lithium-Air Batteries for Next-Generation Energy Storage

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Leveraging expertise in materials science, nanotechnology, green chemistry and supercomputing, scientists at IBM Research’s Almaden lab in San Jose, California, are undertaking a multi-year research initiative around a grid-scale, efficient, affordable electrical energy storage network. The team plans to explore rechargeable Lithium-Air systems, which could offer 10 times the energy capacity of lithium-ion systems. not rechargeable.

Nano-Terra, Inc. and Exide Technologies Announce Collaboration on Energy Storage Solutions

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a surface engineering and nanotechnology co-development company and Exide Technologies, one of the world’s largest producers and recyclers of lead-acid batteries, have formed an alliance to develop innovative energy storage solutions. Nano-Terra will use its expertise in surface chemistry and surface engineering to create a number of innovative functionalities for stored energy solutions manufactured by Exide for motive power, network power and transportation applications.

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Rechargeable membrane-less hydrogen bromine flow battery shows high power density

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MIT researchers have engineered a new rechargeable, membrane-less hydrogen bromine laminar flow battery with high power density. That is about three times as much power per square centimeter as other membrane-less system—a power density that is an order of magnitude higher than that of many lithium-ion batteries and other commercial and experimental energy-storage systems. This technology has as much promise as anything else being explored for storage, if not more.

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Researchers develop rechargeable hybrid-seawater fuel cell; highly energy density, stable cycling

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Researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in Korea and Karlsruher Institute of Technology in Germany have developed a novel energy conversion and storage system using seawater as a cathode. Sodium can serve as an alternative to lithium in rechargeable batteries as the reversible storage mechanisms for sodium ions are very similar (e.g.,

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