IBM Research created a new battery that outperforms lithium-ion — No problematic heavy metals required

Scientists at IBM Research have developed a new battery whose unique ingredients can be extracted from seawater instead of mining, writes Andrew Liszewski for Gizmodo.com.

Future electric aircraft like NASA's X-57 may one day fly with faster charging, less toxic batteries like the one developed by IBM Research - Almaden.
Future electric aircraft like NASA's X-57 may one day fly with faster charging, less toxic batteries like the one developed by IBM Research - Almaden.
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SAN JOSE, Calif., - With everything from cars, to trucks, to even airplanes going electric, the demand for batteries is going to continue to skyrocket in the coming years—but the availability of the materials currently used to make them is limited. So scientists at IBM Research have developed a new battery whose unique ingredients can be extracted from seawater instead of mining, writes Andrew Liszewski for Gizmodo.com.  Continue reading original article

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

December 20, 2019-IBM Research – Almaden in Silicon Valley have released information saying that they have unlocked the secret to batteries that are less dangerous to both produce and use as well as more efficient all without heavy metals.

In an IBM Research Blog post, Young-hye Na writes that the battery "This discovery holds significant potential for electric vehicle batteries, for example, where concerns such as flammability, cost and charging time come into play. Current tests show that less than five minutes are required for the battery – configured for high power – to reach an 80 percent state of charge. Combined with the relatively low cost of sourcing the materials, the goal of a fast-charging, low-cost electric vehicle could become a reality."

Click here to read IBM's blog post about the technology.

IBM says it will be researching the battery's potential with Mercedes-Benz, and if it proves fruitful, it could make transportation on the sea, land, and skies all the more sustainanble.

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