Research case study:
Our center’s researchers have successfully proved that several of the problems that slow down the practical development of the so-called ‘ultimate’ battery could be overcome now! What we’ve achieved is a significant development for this technology and these results imply whole new areas for further research. Elisa Grey: Our center’s scientists have set up a working laboratory demonstrator of a lithium-oxygen battery which has a very high energy density, is more than 90% efficient, and, to date, can be recharged more than 2000 times, showing how several of the problems impeding the development of these devices could be finally resolved. Lithium-oxygen, or lithium-air, batteries have been widely praised as the ‘ultimate’ battery thanks to their theoretical energy density, which is ten times more than that of a lithium-ion battery. Such a high energy density can be compared to that of gasoline – and would make it possible for an electric car with a battery that is a fifth the cost and a fifth the weight of those currently on the market to get from London to Edinburgh on a single charge (which totals a 500 miles ride)…
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