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Cosmos Briefing: Lithium

As the demand for renewable-energy technologies skyrockets, we need to think about how to source their constituent materials without further damaging the world we’re trying to save, according to yesterday’s Cosmos Briefing. Rick Valenta, from the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland, and Mahdokht Shaibani, a research fellow at Melbourne’s Monash University, discussed … Continue reading Cosmos Briefing: Lithium

New charge for old battery?

Zinc-air (Zn-air) batteries aren’t new – they were first commercially produced in the 1930s – and they have a lot of advantages: good performance, relatively light, safe to use and they can be made at a reasonable cost. They’re most familiar as commonly available alkaline batteries – made in a huge variety of sizes and … Continue reading New charge for old battery?

Exploring potential of solar-flow batteries

Scientists continue to advance the potential to use solar-flow batteries to provide electricity in remote areas. An international team of chemists and solar cell researchers reports in the journal Nature Materials that it has developed a single device that contains both a solar cell to convert sunlight into electricity and chemicals that can store the … Continue reading Exploring potential of solar-flow batteries

New research to make better batteries

The quest for a better battery is engaging a lot of scientific minds, but it’s not often three advances are reported at pretty well the same time. Two from the US address the challenge of making next-gen lithium batteries more commercially viable, while the third, from the UK, uses MRI in a novel way. In … Continue reading New research to make better batteries