CATL introduces first generation of sodium-ion batteries; up to 160 Wh/kg; targeting >200 Wh/kg with Gen 2

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CATL) unveiled its first-generation sodium-ion battery, together with its AB battery pack solution—which is able to integrate sodium-ion cells and lithium-ion cells into one pack. This has become a bottleneck for the industrialization of sodium-ion batteries.

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Graphene Jolts Sodium-Ion Batteries’ Capacity

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After years of anticipation, sodium-ion batteries are starting to deliver on their promise for energy storage. Sodium-ion batteries just don't have the oomph needed for EVs and laptops. It opens up a path to making low-cost, compact sodium batteries practical.

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Ariel researchers develop new type of hydrogen generator with sodium borohydride for on-demand use

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Hydrogen is produced in a catalytic hydrolysis reaction of sodium borohydride (NaBH 4 ) with ruthenium powder as a catalyst. The system consists of two main chambers: an upper chamber with granulated sodium borohydride powder and a lower reaction chamber with a solution of water and catalyst.

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

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Using this skill set, they developed the LiNa Platform, an innovative re-engineering of the operationally proven sodium-nickel-chloride (Na-NiCl 2 ) chemistry, where power is produced by sodium ions conducting across a fast sodium ion conducting ceramic membrane in the solid-state.

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CATL unveils new sodium-ion battery for electric vehicles 

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CATL unveils new sodium-ion battery for electric vehicles . The Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL), the world’s largest electric car battery maker has unveiled a new battery that runs on the affordable and abundantly available sodium instead of lithium.

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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Solid-state sodium battery company LiNa Energy closes £3.5M funding round

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Solid-state sodium battery company LiNa Energy ( earlier post ) has closed out a £3.5-million (US$4.8-million) late seed funding round, attracting a combination of existing and new investors. LiNa Energy, a spin-out from Lancaster University, established in 2017, is commercializing a safe, cobalt- and lithium-free solid-state sodium battery.

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Sodium-ion batteries could make EVs cheaper

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CATL’s sodium-ion battery could provide a cheaper, faster-charging and safer alternative to the current power packs

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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Faradion and Phillips 66 to develop lower cost and higher-performing sodium-ion battery materials

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UK-based Faradion, a developer of sodium-ion battery technology ( earlier post ), and Phillips 66 have launched a new technical collaboration to develop lower-cost and higher-performing anode materials for sodium-ion batteries.

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Peat might lower cost of sodium-ion batteries for EVs, research suggests

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Reported recently by Reuters, the research indicates that peat could be used to lower the cost of sodium-ion batteries for electric cars, potentially providing an alternative to the currently.

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First CATL sodium-ion batteries revealed, can charge to 80% in 15 minutes

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Battery supplier CATL on Thursday unveiled sodium-ion batteries, which the company claims offer quicker charging and greater thermal stability than conventional lithium-ion battery chemistry.

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Nikola founder charged, CATL’s sodium-ion cells, Outlander Plug-In Hybrid: Today’s Car News

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CATL shows some of the future with its sodium-ion cells. Mitsubishi teases the next-generation Outlander Plug-In Hybrid. And we round up all that’s alleged of Nikola founder Trevor Milton, who’s out on $100 million bail. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

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Tesla China supplier CATL launches cost-effective sodium-ion battery cell

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CATL) unveiled its sodium-ion battery earlier today, along with a solution that could integrate the cells with lithium-ion batteries in a single pack. The introduction of sodium-ion cells is an alternative option to the lithium-ion cells Tesla has used in its vehicles.

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CATL Unveils First-Generation Sodium-Ion Battery

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New organic cathode for high performance solid-state sodium-ion battery

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Solid-state sodium-ion batteries are safer than conventional lithium-ion batteries, which pose a risk of fire and explosions, but their performance has been too weak to offset the safety advantages. Researchers at the University of Houston have now developed an organic cathode that improves both stability and energy density.

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Faradion demonstrates proof-of-concept sodium-ion electric bike

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British battery R&D company Faradion has demonstrated a proof-of-concept electric bike powered by sodium-ion batteries at the headquarters of Williams Advanced Engineering, which collaborated in the development of the bike. Although lithium-ion batteries are currently the predominant battery technology in electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as other energy storage applications, sodium-ion could offer significant cost, safety and sustainability benefits.

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New high-power, high-capacity, long-life sodium battery

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A team from the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart and the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, has developed a high-power, high-capacity sodium battery with 96% capacity retention after 2,000 cycles. The researchers combined sodium vanadium triphosphate (Na 3 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 ) with a mixture of reduced graphene oxide and carbon nanotubes to improve the sodium compound’s conductivity.

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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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Empa, UNIGE team develop prototype solid-state sodium battery; focus on improving the solid-solid interface

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Researchers at Empa and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) have developed a prototype of a novel solid-state sodium battery with the potential to store extra energy and with improved safety. With a NaCrO 2 cathode, closo-borate solid electrolyte and metallic sodium anode, the cell demonstrated reversible and stable cycling with a capacity of 85 mAh g -1 at C/20 and 80 mAh g -1 at C/5 with more than 90% capacity retention after 20 cycles at C/20 and 85% after 250 cycles at C/5.

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New heterogeneous acid catalyst shows high activity in release of hydrogen from sodium borohydride; lowest activation energy yet reported

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A team from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has devised a heterogeneous acid catalyst, silica sulfuric acid, that shows high activity towards releasing hydrogen from sodium borohydride (NaBH 4 ), with a hydrolysis rate of 5.5 When NaBH 4 is suspended in an aqueous solution and then passed over a catalyst, the reaction produces hydrogen, along with a benign byproduct—sodium metaborate—that can be recycled back into sodium borohydride.

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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 high energy, highly stable cathode for sodium-ion batteries

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F 0.7 , for sodium-ion (Na-ion) batteries (NIBs). —can function as an excellent cathode for rechargeable sodium-ion batteries with a high energy density. Ragone plot for the new Na 1.5 VPO 4.8 cathode and other cathode materials for NIBs. Credit: ACS, Park et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers in South Korea have developed a novel high-energy cathode material, Na 1.5 VPO 4.8 This new material provides an energy density of 600 Wh kg –1 , the highest value among Na-ion cathodes.

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New hierarchical metal-organic nanocomposite cathode for high-energy sodium-ion batteries

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Building on earlier work, researchers in China have fabricated a hierarchical metal-organic nanocomposite for use as a cathode in sodium-ion batteries (SIBs). Recently, room temperature sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) have received tremendous attention for electrochemical energy storage applications owing to their low cost and the abundant resource of sodium compared with lithium.

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Stanford team develops sodium-ion battery with performance equivalent to Li-ion, but at much lower cost

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Stanford researchers have developed a sodium-ion battery (SIB) that can store the same amount of energy as a state-of-the-art lithium ion, at substantially lower cost. As reported in a paper in Nature Energy , the Stanford team achieved four-sodium storage in a Na 2 C 6 O 6 electrode with a reversible capacity of 484 mAh g −1 , an energy density of 726 Wh kg −1 cathode , an energy efficiency above 87% and a good cycle retention.

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PNNL team develops sodium-manganese oxide electrodes for sodium-ion rechargeable batteries

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A team of scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and visiting researchers from Wuhan University in Wuhan, China have developed single crystalline sodium-manganese oxide (Na 4 Mn 9 O 18 ) nanowires that show a high, reversible sodium ion insertion/extraction capacity, excellent cycling ability, and promising rate capability for sodium-ion battery applications. Sodium-ion batteries have been discussed in the literature.

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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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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 structure of a sodium-metal halide cell consists of a conductive Ni network, molten salt electrolyte, metal current collector, carbon felt electrolyte reservoir, and the active sodium-metal halide salts.

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Vanderbilt researchers find iron pyrite quantum dots boost performance of sodium-ion and Li-ion batteries

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nm, average) of iron pyrite (FeS 2 ) nanoparticles are advantageous to sustain reversible conversion reactions in sodium ion and lithium ion batteries. In the paper, they reported reversible capacities of more than 500 and 600 mAh/g for sodium and lithium storage for ultrafine nanoparticles, along with improved cycling and rate capability. In this work we explore the sodium and lithium conversion of ultrafine FeS 2 nanoparticles, with a tight size distribution centered around ∼4.5

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U Waterloo team identifies key reaction in sodium-air batteries; implications for improving Li-air

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Chemists at the University of Waterloo have identified the key reaction that takes place in sodium-air batteries. The researchers from the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, led by Professor Linda Nazar who holds the Canada Research Chair in Solid State Energy Materials, have described a key mediation pathway that explains why sodium-oxygen batteries are more energy efficient when compared with their lithium-oxygen counterparts.

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BASF investigating sodium-air batteries as alternative to Li-air; patent application filed with USPTO

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In a paper in Nature Materials , a team of researchers from BASF SE and Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen report on the performance of a sodium-air (sodium superoxide) cell. Their work, they suggest, demonstrates that substitution of lithium by sodium may offer an unexpected route towards rechargeable metal–air batteries. However, this system can also suffer from similar high overpotentials and low energy efficiencies when using carbonate-based sodium electrolytes.

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U Alberta team develops hybrid sodium-ion capacitor; intermediate in energy & power between ultracaps and batteries

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A team led by researchers from the University of Alberta (Canada) Scientists has developed a hybrid sodium-ion capacitor (NIC) using active materials in both the anode and the cathode derived entirely from peanut shells—a green and highly economical waste globally generated at more than 6 million tons per year.

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PG&E, Calif. Energy Commission launch 4MW sodium-sulfur grid storage pilot in San Jose

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the California Energy Commission today unveiled a utility-scale sodium-sulfur battery energy storage system ( earlier post ) pilot project to better balance power needs of the electric grid. NGK Insulators ( earlier post ) is the manufacturer of the sodium sulfur (NaS) battery system which includes the battery modules and control system for managing DC input/output and other parameters for maximizing module longevity.

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. Sodium-metal halide cell basic chemistry. Durathon technology uses a patented sodium halide chemistry. Sodium battery technology has been in existence for more than 30 years, but GE’s acquisition of Beta R&D in 2007 jump-started applications for mobile and stationary energy storage.

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Researchers significantly improve H2 storage properties of sodium aluminium hydride by doping with 2D titanium carbide

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A team at Zhejiang University in China has significantly enhanced the hydrogen storage properties of sodium aluminum hydride (NaAlH 4 ) by doping it with a 2D titanium carbide (Ti 3 C2) MXene. MXenes” are exfoliated 2D carbide and carbonitride nanosheets that are structurally similar to graphene, where M represents transition metals, and X is either C or/and N, earlier post ).

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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. The second presentation described the use of a solid electrolyte in a sodium-ion battery cell. At the Spring 2015 Materials Research Conference in San Francisco earlier this month, PATHION presented two new derivative superionic solid-state electrolytes built upon LiRAP (Lithium-Rich Anti-Perovskite).

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Yissum offering novel high-performance anode for sodium-ion batteries; antimony sulphide nanoparticle-coated graphene

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Sodium-ion batteries (Na-ion, NIBs) are seen as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries for large-scale applications due to their lower cost and abundant supply of sodium. Yissum , the Research and Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is offering a novel anode for sodium-ion batteries (Na-ion, NIB) which enables the production of a battery with high capacity, excellent rate capability and good cycle performance.

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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.

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NGK Insulators recalling sodium-sulfur batteries to make safety modifications; resuming production later this year

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Following an investigation into the cause of a sodium-sulfur battery fire on 21 September 2011 at Mitsubishi Materials Corp.’s will begin collecting its existing sodium-sulfur (NaS) batteries from customers to make safety modifications. s Tsukuba, NGK Insulators Ltd. In the aftermath of the fire, NGK had ceased production of the NaS batteries.

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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). Recently, sodium ion batteries (SIBs) have drawn increasing attention from researchers, despite the fact that lithium ion batteries (LIBs) are still the predominant power source for home electronics and for future large-scale energy storage devices.

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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GE testing sodium halide battery/Li-ion battery/fuel cell hybrid system for transit bus

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GE’s ecomagination.com publication reports that GE engineers have begun testing a transit bus equipped with a new hybrid energy system integrating GE’s Durathon sodium-halide battery ( earlier post ), a lithium-ion battery and a hydrogen fuel cell. GE has been exploring ways to synergize the benefits of its sodium-halide Durathon technology, which can store a large quantity of energy but isn’t optimized for power, with power-optimized lithium batteries and hydrogen fuel cells.

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