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Natron Energy to add sodium-ion batteries to fast charging station at UC San Diego

Natron Energy, a developer of sodium-ion batteries, has received a $3-million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to manufacture and install an energy storage system at a fast charging station on the University of California San Diego’s campus. Natron says the project will result in a cost-competitive, at-scale alternative to Li-ion batteries and offer… Read more »

Chemists discover key reaction in sodium- oxygen batteries

Chemists at Canada’s University of Waterloo have described a key mediation pathway that explains why sodium-oxygen batteries are more energy-efficient compared with their lithium-oxygen counterparts. “Our new understanding brings together a lot of different, disconnected bits of a puzzle that have allowed us to assemble the full picture,” says Professor Linda Nazar. “These findings will… Read more »

E-bike demonstrates the potential of sodium-ion batteries

The British firm Faradion is working on sodium-ion batteries, which show promise as a successor to Li-ion technology. In collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, which provided batteries for the Formula E electric race car, Faradion has built a sodium-ion-powered electric bike to prove the concept. Sodium-ion intercalation batteries use the same process of ion insertion… Read more »

Researchers explore proton-hopping mechanism to improve EV batteries

Researchers at Oregon State University have shown that a chemical mechanism known as proton-hopping may provide a new method of energy storage for EVs and other high-power applications. “Coming up with Faradaic electrodes that afford batteries energy density and capacitors power with excellent cycle life has been a big challenge. So far, most of the… Read more »

Swiss researchers develop prototype solid-state sodium battery

Researchers from Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) have built a prototype solid-state battery based on sodium as an alternative to lithium. The scientists described their research in the journal Energy and Environmental Science. Using metallic lithium as an anode material would theoretically increase energy… Read more »

Navigant says $3.8 billion worth of advanced batteries shipped in the first 3 quarters of 2016

A new report from Navigant Research examines the current market for advanced batteries (defined as mass-produced products aimed at the automotive or stationary energy storage sectors). In the first three quarters of 2016, Navigant says, over 323 million individual battery cells were shipped, representing 16.1 GWh of energy capacity and $3.8 billion in sales. The… Read more »

Swiss researchers enhance Li-ion batteries with improved electrode design

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute and ETH Zurich in Switzerland have developed a simple procedure that they say can enhance the performance of Li-ion batteries by improving the design of the electrodes without changing the underlying chemistry. In “Magnetically aligned graphite electrodes for high rate performance Li-ion batteries,” published in Nature Energy, Juliette Billaud… Read more »

Navigant Research: $14 billion worth of advanced batteries shipped in 2014

Demand for advanced batteries, which are used not only in electrified vehicles, but also in consumer electronics and grid-management applications, continues to grow at a healthy pace. According to a new report from Navigant Research, the industry shipped 53.3 GWh of batteries in 2014 – that represents more than $14 billion in sales, a 7.1-percent… Read more »

Researchers develop sodium-ion battery in 18650 format

Jules Verne recognized the potential of sodium batteries in 1869 – they powered the futuristic submarine of Captain Nemo, who found their “electro-motor strength” to be twice that of zinc batteries. Now scientists at the French research network RS2E have brought sodium batteries into the 21st century, producing the first sodium-ion battery in the industry-standard… Read more »

PATHION’s superionic solid-state electrolytes point to more powerful and safer batteries

Solid-state electrolytes are the talk of the town these days. California-based PATHION has been working to commercialize solid electrolytes since its founding in 2012, building on its exclusive license from Los Alamos National Laboratories for a promising material called Lithium-Rich Anti-Perovskite (LiRAP). At the recent Materials Research Conference, PATHION presented two new superionic solid-state electrolytes built upon… Read more »