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  • Artist’s rendering of dry stack batteries sealed in glass.

    This battery has run for over 180 years

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated May 21, 2024

    And we won't find out how or why until it finally goes out. In a world increasingly obsessed with energy-efficient and long-lasting batteries, a nondescript bell at the University of Oxford's Clarendon Laboratory has been gently chiming since 1840 as one of the world's longest-running battery-powered science experiments. Shortly after America declared independence, electricity was still a largely unknown factor and was considered to have sources in animals, lightning, static,... Full story

  • Collection of black lithium cells printed with recycling symbols.

    Just a dash of lithium for these batteries

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated May 8, 2024

    A cheaper and more sustainable LiDFOB electrolyte reduces lithium salts while maintaining battery performance. An international research team has developed an electrolyte with a very low concentration of lithium salt for a cheaper, safer alternative to conventional lithium batteries. According to the report, battery cells using these LiDFOB – lithium difluoro (oxalato) borate – electrolytes in batteries with standard electrodes have demonstrated outstanding performance, pro...

  • 6K Energy’s PlusCAM will open late this year in Jackson, Tennessee.

    6K Energy targets IRA battery requirements

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Utilizing its UniMelt production system technology, company is at the forefront of domestic battery supply for a green future. Continuing to push the boundaries of sustainable production of critical materials for lithium-ion batteries, 6K Energy LLC announced their cathode active material (CAM) will meet stringent United States government mandates for compliance outlined by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the innovative company aims to be the first to meet such...

  • Quino Energy co-founders Eugene Beh and Meisam Bahari.

    Building a better water-based battery

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 25, 2024

    Cheap and safe, water-based organic redox flow batteries are coming – an interview with Quino Energy's founder Eugene Beh. Quino Energy CEO and co-founder Eugene Beh is a chemist and physicist with an impressive history of accolades from Harvard to Stanford and back again and deep expertise in electrochemical systems, be it a postdoctoral fellowship working on aqueous organic flow batteries at Harvard University or inventing and commercializing a redox flow desalination t...

  • Wireframe of a cargo ship and plane with Wright batteries.

    Developing the Wright aluminum battery

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 8, 2024

    DOE bankrolls ultra-lightweight, energy-dense aluminum battery and novel artificial intelligence electrolyte screening system. A collaboration between Wright Electric and Columbia University has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Department of Energy via the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program for a groundbreaking ultra-energy-dense and lightweight aluminum battery brought about by a novel artificial intelligence electrolyte screening system. Founded i...

  • Example of GMG’s prototype graphene aluminum-ion battery.

    GMG secures A$2M funding to upgrade plant

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    Queensland government offers grant to enable development of graphene aluminum-ion batteries. Recognizing the potential of homemade graphene, the government of Queensland has signed an A$2 million funding agreement with Graphene Manufacturing Group Ltd. to support the company's proposed automated graphene aluminum-ion battery pilot plant in Brisbane, Australia. "We want to thank the Queensland Government and acknowledge its commitment to supporting the critical and battery manu... Full story

  • Detail view of battery renderings in blue.

    QuantumScape ships Alpha-2 prototypes

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 30, 2024

    On track for key goal in 2024, headed steadily onward in aims for 2025. Nextgen solid-state battery tech leader QuantumScape has started customer shipments of its Alpha-2 prototype battery cells, on target for its 2024 goal. Toward achieving its mission to transform energy storage with solid-state lithium-metal battery technology, the company began shipping its A0 prototypes to potential automotive customers for qualification at the end of 2022. The company's new Alpha-2... Full story

  • Rendering of an astronaut holding a battery.

    Space battery pioneer gets first big order

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Hitachi Zosen goes commercial; company sends its all-solid-state batteries into equipment manufacturing space. An as-of-yet undisclosed semiconductor equipment manufacturer has placed the first commercial order for 12 all-solid-state lithium-ion batteries (coined AS-LiB) with a capacity of 140 milliampere-hour from battery pioneer Hitachi Zosen, with future orders on the way as part of a new product. A typical all-solid-state lithium battery can not only store nearly twice as...

  • An array of solar panels beneath a bright blue sky.

    Spain's largest solar redox flow battery

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    The Son Orlandis system is the first vanadium redox flow-based energy storage plant to be built by Endesa; the largest to be paired with solar in Europe. Spanish utility Endesa Enel Green Power España (the largest electricity company in Spain and the second largest in Portugal) has commissioned an energy storage system utilizing a 1.1-megawatt vanadium redox flow battery (VFRB) connected to the 3.34 MW Son Orlandis solar plant in Mallorca, Spain. In 2023, the Balearic...

  • Rendering of a battery full of liquid color.

    Zero-waste, water-based organic redox flow

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    Quino's first-of-a-kind continuous production organic flow battery process. Quino Energy is a start-up developing water-based redox flow batteries that can cost-effectively store up to 40 hours of electrical energy in organic molecules called quinones. The company upcycles coal and wood tar into these molecules, which are commonly used to make a large variety of natural dyes but also happen to be excellent battery reactants. Mid- to long-duration battery storage solutions... Full story

  • 100-microwatt nuclear battery next to a Wu Jiao five-cent coin.

    Betavolt unveils 50-year atomic battery

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    Betavolt reveals battery of atomic proportions, may be solution to long-form energy storage on a micro-scale Exploring alternate battery chemistries, Beijing-based Betavolt has unveiled a new battery that it claims can generate electricity for at least 50 years without the need for recharging or maintenance. The catch – they are nuclear-powered, with diamond semiconductors, and only generate around 100 Microwatts at a size less than a five Jiao coin, which is about 25 m... Full story

  • Lead author Tianyi Ma working with assistant on water batteries.

    Water Batteries: cheap, green, no fire

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    A little rust might make batteries safer, easier to recycle, and a potential competitor to lithium-ion. By using water in place of the hazardous chemical electrolytes used in commercial batteries, an international team of scientists hailing from Australia to China has proposed a water-based battery technology, a safer and greener alternative to chemical-laden batteries marketed today. Lithium-ion batteries, used in everything from laptops and phones to electric vehicles,... Full story

  • A car with an EV plug showing graphics indicating fast charge.

    Solid-state battery hits fast-charge goal

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 9, 2024

    Ampcera's solid-state battery tech surpasses DOE fast charging goal. Due to mounting charge anxiety over limited at-home charging options and prolonged urban charging station wait times, the United States Advanced Battery Consortium and U.S. Department of Energy have both set commercial manufacturers a goal of 80% battery ultrafast charge in 15 minutes – which Ampcera's all-solid-state (ASSB) battery tech has just blown past. Last year, Ampcera was awarded a $2.1 million g...

  • Computer generated graphic depicting the metrics of an EV battery being charged.

    Scientists: EV battery range can double

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 9, 2024

    Stanford researchers identify low-cost method to extend the life of lithium-metal batteries and increase range of EVs by up to 600 miles. Electric vehicles may soon run on lithium-metal (Li-metal) batteries with ranges that could double the capacity of batteries currently used by EV manufacturers, according to a recent study completed by Stanford University researchers. The scientists published an article about their discovery, "Recovery of isolated lithium through discharged...

  • Team of researchers presenting carbon graphics in a curve-screened theater.

    Waste carbon into battery-grade graphite

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 9, 2024

    A startup launched by students out of Curtin University's Accelerate program creates graphite from waste carbon. High-purity graphite is substantially sought-after for graphene production and is in heavy demand for the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries. A new technology developed through Curtin University's Accelerate program in Australia, coined RapidGraphite, transforms waste carbon into battery-grade graphite within seconds. The Accelerate program supports early-stage...

  • Artist’s rendering of a battery containing liquid and an electric charge.

    Solid-state vs. liquid-metal batteries

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 6, 2024

    A new room-temperature liquid-metal battery of the University of Texas may provide more power than lithium-ion batteries while competing with solid-state batteries for their chance under the hood of the electric vehicle of the future. A report published in the journal Advanced Materials, describes a design which combines the strengths of both solid-state and liquid-state batteries while circumventing several of their disadvantages. This new battery has increased energy...

  • Close-up of Lamborghini Lanzador electric concept car.

    Lamborghini funds a cobalt-free battery

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 5, 2024

    Researchers at MIT have demonstrated a lithium-ion battery cathode made with organic materials, offering a more sustainable way to power electric vehicles, and Lamborghini is all-in. "I think this material could have a big impact because it works really well," said Mircea Dincă, W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT and senior author of a paper on the findings published in the journal ACS Central Science. "It is already competitive with incumbent technologies, and it can save...

  • Rows of Tiamat-branded sodium-ion batteries on display.

    Stellantis invests in Tiamat sodium-ion

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 24, 2024

    Aluminum-sulfur, iron-phosphate, nickel-hydride, solid-state, redox flow, molten-salt, the growing list of potential alternatives to lithium-ion batteries has exploded onto the scene in the past few years as experts quickly determined a single battery technology could not withstand the torrent of technologies vital to power a future of clean, sustainable energy. One of the most promising contenders is sodium-ion batteries, and with support from automaker giant Stellantis, it...

  • Two roughly AA-sized sodium-ion batteries on top of a pile of table salt.

    Sodium-ion batteries promise potential

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 20, 2024

    The world's transition away from fossil fuels to sustainable green energy sources is rapidly increasing the demand for economical storage methods that has thus far centered on lithium-ion batteries. The limited availability in the West of lithium and other critical metals, such as cobalt and rare earth elements, raises significant concern about the sustainability of the lithium-ion technology. One potential alternative may be the sodium-ion battery. According to the European...

  • Closeup of a QuantumScape solid-state battery cell.

    VW's solid-state 'forever' EV battery

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 15, 2024

    The current industry standard for electric vehicle batteries targets a 20% capacity loss over 700 charging cycles, which means an EV that rolls off the lot with a 250-mile range could end its life with a range of 50 fewer miles per charge by the time the odometer clicks to around 150,000 miles. (For some vehicles like the Tesla Model S, the pricier 100-kilowatt-hour batteries degrade faster than 85- and 70-kWh options.) Meanwhile, U.S. company QuantumScape's solid-state cell...

  • Outside photo of American Battery Solutions’ ABMC in Springboro, Ohio.

    Komatsu to buy American Battery Solutions

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Komatsu will use ABS batteries in its expanding line of electric mining equipment; ABS will operate as a separate entity. In a significant move for future battery manufacturing in the United States, Komatsu Ltd., through its United States-based subsidiary Komatsu America, has cut a deal to acquire American Battery Solutions Inc. Located in the heart of the U.S. automotive industry, American Battery Solutions was founded in 2019 by long-time battery industry pioneer Subhash...

  • Closeup of a Factorial 100 ampere-hour lithium-metal solid-state battery cell.

    Factorial ships solid-state battery cells

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    Massachusetts-based battery tech company Factorial Energy has spent the last six years focused on solid-state electric vehicle batteries that are safer and have up to 50% higher energy density than lithium-ion batteries, all while driving down costs to be competitive with conventional EV battery pricing. The company's flagship product is its proprietary Factorial Electrolyte System Technology (FEST), which utilizes a solid-state electrolyte designed to perform safely and relia...

  • Two CONSOL Energy employees standing in an operations room.

    C-BATT JV to advance coal-based batteries

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 24, 2023

    X-BATT and CONSOL Energy subsidiary join hands to develop next-gen clean energy tech. A pioneer in advanced battery materials, X-BATT has been reimagining lithium-ion batteries through the use of unconventional materials and a method that can rejuvenate spent anode material. To accelerate development of its coal-based anode technology, X-BATT has forged a partnership with CONSOL Innovations LLC to form C-BATT Innovations LLC, a joint venture focused on commercializing...

  • An EV plugged into a battery charger on a sunny day.

    DOE invests $16M in solid battery tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 22, 2023

    To accelerate the commercialization of solid-state battery tech for EVs; redox flow batteries for grid-scale renewable energy storage. To speed the commercialization of emerging battery technologies, the U.S. Department of Energy is investing $11 million into solid-state batteries that promise to extend the range and reduce the fire risk of electric vehicles, and $5 million into flow batteries that can serve as a buffer between intermittent renewable power sources and...

  • Artist depiction of the BlueOval City EV battery, recycling, and assembly plant.

    Historic $9 billion DOE loan to BlueOval

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 4, 2023

    Loan will support the building of 3 Ford-SK battery plants in Kentucky and Tennessee. In another sweeping step in support of the transportation industry's e-mobility transition and domestic infrastructure for electric vehicle and battery production, the U.S. Department of Energy has committed a loan of up to $9.2 billion to BlueOval SK LLC for the construction of three manufacturing plants to produce batteries for Ford Motor Company's future Ford and Lincoln EVs. "The DOE's...

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