28 Jul '16, 2pm

Scientists Make Lithium-Air Batteries That Hold Their Breath

When Tesla Motors revealed its plan to buy solar panel maker SolarCity , the thread tying them together was battery storage. The idea, according to chief executive Elon Musk, is to combine solar panels with Tesla’s stationary Powerwall batteries. On cloudy days or in the evening, the stored energy could run your dishwasher or charge your Tesla Model S sedan. For the batteries inside its cars and Powerwall systems, Tesla is betting on the same lithium-ion chemistry used in smartphones and hover-boards. Other companies and researchers think there is a better option. Many are experimenting with new lithium-air batteries that are smaller, lighter, and more energy-efficient than their forebears. On Monday, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Argonne National Laboratory, and Peking University in China revealed a promising new version of lithium-air bat...

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