Battery Storage Could Get a Huge Boost from Seaweed

Tagged: Lithium-ion Battery, Technology
Source: technologyreview.com - Read the full article
Posted: 2 years 50 weeks ago

"Lithium-ion batteries could hold up to 10 times as much energy per cell if silicon anodes were used instead of graphite ones. But manufacturers don't use silicon because such anodes degrade quickly as the battery is charged and discharged. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Clemson University think they might have found the ingredient that will make silicon anodes work—a common binding agent and food additive derived from algae and used in many household products. They say this material could not only make lithium-ion batteries more efficient, but also cleaner and cheaper to manufacture."