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Potassium-driven rechargeable batteries: An effort towards a more sustainable environment

(Tokyo University of Science) Concerns about the scarcity of lithium and other materials necessary in the now-ubiquitous lithium-ion batteries have recently driven many researchers to look for alternatives, such as sodium and potassium. Prof Shinichi Komaba from Tokyo University of Science, Japan, and his team have worked for over a decade on this topic. In his latest review article, he extensively discusses his findings on the recent advances, promises, and limitations of potassium-ion batteries.

What's wrong with batteries?

We are a country that loves our electronic gadgets, but when it comes to keeping them charged, it gets complicated. The Sierra Club estimates about 5 billion batteries are purchased in the United States every year, but less than 10%…

Post-lithium technology

(Wiley) Next-generation batteries will probably see the replacement of lithium ions by more abundant and environmentally benign alkali metal or multivalent ions. A major challenge, however, is the development of stable electrodes that combine high energy densities with fast charge and discharge rates. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, US and Chinese scientists report a high-performance cathode made of an organic polymer to be used in low-cost, environmentally benign, and durable sodium-ion batteries.

Everything you wanted to know about Electric Vehicles but were afraid to ask

By Ted Cannis, Global Director, Electrification, Ford Motor Company A prototype Ford electric vehicle testing in frigid, snowy conditions. As the head of electrification for Ford, the questions I get from family, friends and colleagues about electric vehicles run the…

Illinois engineer continues to make waves in water desalination

(University of Illinois College of Engineering) University of Illinois researcher Kyle Smith continues to build on his highly praised work to develop new methods of deionizing saltwater. His latest paper, ‘Effect of Conductive Additives on the Transport Properties of Porous Flow-Through Electrodes with Insulative Particles and their Optimization for Faradaic Deionization,’ published this week in Water Research, demonstrated promising results for energy-efficient desalination of alternative water resources.

Without Mining, There Is No ‘Green Revolution’

The recent threats by Beijing to cut off American access to critical mineral imports has many Americans wondering why our politicians have allowed the United States to become so overly-dependent on China for these valued resources in the first place….