How Hard Is Lithium-Air Battery Research? Pretty Tough, Actually

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It''s hard to keep track of all the future battery technology candidates, but lithium-air battery technology is among the most widely-researched. Its biggest draw is the potential to store three times the energy in batteries the same size and weight of today''s electric vehicles--providing huge increases in range. Not that it''s a simple process--and

Volkswagen To Triple Battery Capacity With Lithium-Air Technology?

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Fossil fuels may not be the cleanest way of powering us between two points on a map, but there''s little doubt they offer convenience. So far, scientists have struggled to find batteries for electric cars that match the huge amounts of energy stored in a gallon of gasoline or diesel. As a result we get big, heavy batteries with relatively short

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Toyota Researches Solid-State Batteries As Mid-Term Option To Lithium-Air

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Lithium-air batteries, with high energy density, low weight and useful stability, are a major candidate for future electric car batteries. Toyota is researching solid-state lithium-ion However, commercialization may not happen for another fifteen years or more given current limitations, so improvements in the meantime must be found elsewhere.

500 Mile Electric Cars? New Lithium-Air Tech Has Potential

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We'd be the first to point out that many of the electric car owners currently out on the roads have had absolutely no trouble with the 100 or so miles they get from a full charge. However, it'd be foolish to assume that some people really don't need more than that, and as a result there's always room for an EV with greater range. Improvements to

Is The Elusive 'Ideal' Electric-Car Battery Hiding In Plain Sight?

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Batteries lithium-ion battery pack research plug-in cars Lithium-airAndy Thomson is at the white-knuckled, breath-sucking end of his electric car’s range. His battery is almost flatlining. It’s minus 26 Celsius outside on the lonely road to North Bay, Ontario. Yet he somehow makes it into town with less than 8 miles left before he runs out of electrons. DON'T MISS: Nickel-Metal-Hydride Batteries For.

OSU team demonstrates concept of potassium-air battery as alternative to lithium-air systems

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Researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) have demonstrated the concept of a potassium-air (K?O Potassium, an alkali metal similar to lithium (and sodium) can be used in a rechargeable battery. Voltage curves of the first discharge?charge charge cycle, K?O O 2 battery (0.5

Researchers directly visualize formation and disappearance of Li-O2 reaction products; insights to support development of rechargeable lithium-air batteries

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air (Li-O 2 ) battery represents a conceptually attractive energy storage device for electric vehicle applications due to its high theoretical energy storage capacity ( earlier post ); however, among the obstacles to commercialization is a lack of fundamental understanding of the reactions involved.

Lithium Air Batteries for EVs?

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Maybe there's something even better for EVs than lithium ion batteries. These have never been very robust, but maybe that's all changing now

Lithium Air Batteries for EVs?

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Maybe there's something even better for EVs than lithium ion batteries. These have never been very robust, but maybe that's all changing now

Researchers Develop Solid-State, Rechargeable Lithium-Air Battery; Potential to Exceed 1,000 Wh/kg

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Sample UDRI solid-state, rechargeable lithium-air batteries, and Dr. Binod Kumar. Engineers at the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) have developed a solid-state, rechargeable lithium-air battery.

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

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General schematic of a lithium-air battery. The team plans to explore rechargeable Lithium-Air systems, which could offer 10 times the energy capacity of lithium-ion systems. Properties of metals used in metal air batteries.

Argonne National Labs Ramping Up Lithium-Air Research and Development; Li-ion as EV Bridge Technology

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A Li-air cell. Argonne National Laboratory, which has contributed heavily to the research and development of Li-ion battery technology, is now pursuing research into Lithium-air batteries. Li-air batteries have both scientific and engineering challenges that need to be addressed.

GM Confirms Lithium-Air Battery Research to Revolutionize EV

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General Motors is quietly conducting research into Lithium-Air batteries, the next Holy Grail of electric vehicle technology, according to a Friday article in The New York Times. GM acknowledges that while the battery technology has some way to go before it is used in commercial electric cars, the leap in capacity these batteries could offer could

MIT Researchers Report Progress on Catalyst Development for Lithium-Air Batteries

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A team of researchers at MIT led by Professor Yang Shao-Horn have found that gold-carbon (Au/C) and platinum-carbon (Pt/C) catalysts have a strong influence on the charge and discharge voltages of rechargeable lithium-air (Li-O 2 ) batteries, and thus enable a higher efficiency than simple carbon electrodes in these batteries. Many groups are pursuing work on lithium-air batteries, a technology that could deliver a significant increase in energy density over lithium-ion batteries.

UK Researchers Developing Rechargeable Lithium-Air Battery; Up to 10X the Capacity of Current Li-ion Cells

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Diagram of the STAIR (St Andrews Air) cell. Oxygen drawn from the air reacts within the porous carbon to release the electrical charge in this lithium-air battery. Lithium-air batteries use a catalytic air cathode in combination with an electrolyte and a lithium anode.

AIST team developing Li-air capacitor-battery targeted for EVs

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A team from Japan’s AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) reports on the development of a “lithiumair capacitor–battery based on a hybrid electrolyte” in a paper in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science. The team had earlier investigated a hybrid electrolyte lithiumair battery, in which a lithium anode in a non-aqueous electrolyte and an air-catalytic cathode in an aqueous electrolyte solution were separated by a ceramic LISICON film.

MIT team synthesizes all carbon nanofiber electrodes for high-energy rechargeable Li-air batteries

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This translates to an energy enhancement ~4 times greater than the state-of-the-art lithium intercalation compounds such as LiCoO 2 (~600 W h kg electrode -1 , the researchers said.

Bio Batteries: Researchers Use Viruses To Improve Electric-Car Energy Storage (Video)

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Researchers at MIT say that a benign virus could be the next step in improving lithium-air battery technology.

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PNNL team uncovers reaction mechanisms of Li-air batteries; how batteries blow bubbles

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Lithium-air batteries are looked to by many as a very high-energy density next-generation energy storage solution for electric vehicles. One reaction that hasn’t been fully explained is how oxygen blows bubbles inside a lithium-air battery when it discharges.

BMW and Toyota expand collaboration with work on fuel cell system, sports vehicle, light-weight technology and Li-air battery

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The companies also today signed a binding agreement to commence collaborative research on lithium-air batteries. This agreement marks the second phase of collaborative research into next-generation lithium-ion battery cells that commenced in March 2012. Li-air battery. The companies are to begin joint research with a goal to develop a lithium-air battery with energy density greatly exceeding that of current lithium-ion batteries.

Do We Really Need 500-Mile Electric Car Batteries?

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Back in January, we told you about IBM’s quest to build a rechargeable lithium-air battery that could theoretically let an electric car travel 500 miles on a single charge. Since then, more firms have joined IBM on its Holy Grail adventure, leading to a flurry of stories heralding the end to range anxiety and a future where charging your car

NSF to award $13M to projects focused on electrochemical and organic photovoltaic systems

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Advanced systems such as lithium-air, sodium-ion, as well as lithium-ion electrochemical energy storage are appropriate. The US National Science Foundation (NSF) will award more than $13 million to projects in the Energy for Sustainability program. The goal of the Energy for Sustainability program is to support fundamental engineering research that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and fuels, and for energy storage.

Report: VW Group to decide how to proceed with Quantumscape solid state energy storage by July

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In its most recent US patent application, published on 12 February 2015 and filed on 6 August 2013, Quantumscape outlined a solid-state Lithium-air battery cell using a garnet electrolyte material. The solid state electrolyte enables a lithium metal anode plus a solid state catholyte with high conductivity to avoid the problems of decomposition with conventional liquid catholytes. US Patent Applications Nº 20150044581: Solid State Lithium-Air Based Battery Cell.

Systematic review of EV battery pack costs suggests economies of scale may push cost toward US$200/kWh without further cell chemistry improvements

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A commercial breakthrough of the next generation of, for example, lithium air-based batteries is still distant and not considered in this paper.

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Cornell team offers prospect for more stable Li-air battery with ionomer SEIs

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Lithium-air (Li-O 2 ) batteries are among the nost energy-dense electrochemical platforms for mobile energy storage, and are thus considered promising for electrified transportation. An important conclusion is that because Li deposition is fundamentally unstable, fundamentally based approaches that take advantage of multiple physical processes are likely to be the most successful in guaranteeing long-term stability of rechargeable batteries that use metallic lithium as an anode.

Asahi Kasei and Central Glass join IBM Li-air Battery 500 project; membranes and electrolytes

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Four different architectures of Li-air batteries, which all assume the use of lithium metal as the anode. New materials development is vitally important to ensuring the viability of lithium-air battery technology. Wilcke (2010) Lithium-Air Battery: Promise and Challenges.

Argonne/Univ of St. Andrews researchers explore activated lithium metal oxides as high capacity electrodes for Li-air batteries

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Andrews in the UK report on the use of activated Lithium-metal-oxides as catalytic electrodes for high-capacity lithium-air batteries in the journal Electrochemical Solid-State Letters. Argonne began ramping up its efforts on Li-air batteries in 2009. Thackeray (2011) Activated Lithium-Metal-Oxides as Catalytic Electrodes for Li O Cells. Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory in the US and the University of St.

Argonne study highlights importance of electrolyte solvent stability for Li-air batteries, finds silane electrolytes promising

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A study led by researchers from Argonne National Laboratory reinforced that electrolyte solvent stability plays a key role in the performance of Lithium-air batteries, and that making advances in new electrolytes will be a key factor in reducing the large overpotential and improving reversibility of Li-air batteries. Only lithium oxides and no carbonates are formed when the 1NM3 electrolyte is used.

Drawing a Li-air cathode with a pencil

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Scientists at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan have made an electrode for a lithium-air battery using a pencil. Haoshen Zhou and Yonggang Wang designed a battery in which the lithium is encapsulated by an organic electrolyte topped with a ceramic protection layer. Lithium-air batteries have the potential to produce enough energy to power an electric vehicle, but the amount of energy is a safety concern.

Scottish university makes battery breakthrough

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The University of St Andrews in Scotland appears to have made a significant breakthrough in the advancement of lithium-air batteries. Latest News Green cars Lithium-ion batteries

MIT team provides insight into OER reaction in Li-air batteries to help improve performance

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Studying the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in lithium-air batteries using first-principles calculations, researchers at MIT led by Dr. Gerbrand Ceder conclude in a paper published in the American Physical Society’s journal Physical Review B that the low charging rate and high overpotential of Li-air batteries is probably caused by the poor kinetics for the OER. Although lithium-air batteries—with high theoretical specific energies of up to ?3400

China team outlines 5 key areas of future research to realize Li-air batteries

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In an open access paper published in the International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials , researchers from the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences review significant developments and remaining challenges of practical Li–air batteries and the current understanding of their chemistry. The energy density of the lithiumair battery with respect to the anode could reach 13,000 Wh kg ?1

3 winners of DOE’s “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” Challenge: hydrogen-assisted lean-burn engines, graphene for Li-air and -sulfur batteries, and titanium process

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Vorbeck Materials , a startup company based in Jessup, Maryland, is using a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)-developed method for developing graphene for better lithium air and lithium sulfur batteries. Developments by PNNL (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) and Princeton of lithium air batteries incorporating graphene as a cathode material set the highest energy storage capacity ever recorded, 15,000 mAh g -1.

Researchers show feasibility of lithium-metal-free anode for Li-air battery; addressing one of three main barriers to Li-air battery development

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Researchers from University of Rome Sapienza (Italy), Hanyang University (Korea) and the Argonne National Laboratory (US) have shown that the highly reactive lithium metal anode typically projected for use in Li-air batteries can be replaced with a lithiated silicon-carbon anode.

BASF creates new global business unit to advance battery activities for electromobility

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This business unit will integrate the existing battery activities of BASF’s Catalysts division, which is focused on cathode materials development; its Intermediates division, which is focused on electrolyte formulations, and BASF Future Business GmbH, which is focused on next-generation lithium battery opportunities.

Technical review outlines challenges for both batteries and fuel cells as basis for electric vehicles

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Next, we will briefly review the current status and the expected future progress in lithium ion battery (LiB) technology, which is currently used to power BEVs. fold compared to advanced lithium-ion batteries (Si/C-composite anodes with HE-NMC, NMC811, or NCA cathodes), they suggest.

BMW researchers and colleagues in project ABILE develop optimized ionic-liquid-based electrolyte for efficient Li-air batteries

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A multinational team including researchers from the BMW Group have optimized an ionic liquid electrolyte for Li-air batteries, which resulted in a stable electrode-electrolyte interface and a highly reversible charge-discharge cycling behavior in a test Li-air coin cell. The study was financially supported by BMW within the project ABILE (Air Batteries with Ionic Liquid Electrolytes).

Toyota broadly outlines next-generation Prius; developing wireless inductive charging for the plug-in model; bullish on hydrogen

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Toyota has also ramped up development on new battery technologies such as solid state and lithium air, as well as devoting resources focused on chemistries beyond lithium, such as magnesium and other low-valence materials. Toyota’s next-generation Prius will deliver significantly improved fuel economy in a more compact package that is lighter in weight and lower in cost, according to Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Managing Officer Satoshi Ogiso.

New PNNL electrolyte may enable use of lithium anodes in very high capacity advanced batteries

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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a new electrolyte that allows lithium-sulfur, lithium-metal and lithium-air batteries to operate at 99% efficiency, while having a high current density and without growing dendrites that short-circuit rechargeable batteries.

St. Andrews team identifies TiC as a promising cathode for Li-air batteries

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Andrews in Scotland report in a paper in the journal Nature Materials that titanium carbide (TiC) may represent a viable, stable cathode for rechargeable lithium-air batteries. Li-air batteries are receiving intense interest because of their extremely high theoretical specific energy. However, the team, led by Dr. Peter Bruce, notes that the cathodes for lithium-air batteries are “ a serious problem.” Researchers at the University of St.