- Stanford University scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today.
- Battery durability will also receive a major upgrade. Aluminum batteries developed at other laboratories usually died after just 100 charge-discharge cycles. But the Stanford battery was able to withstand more than 7,500 cycles without any loss of capacity. "This was the first time an ultra-fast aluminum-ion battery was constructed with stability over thousands of cycles," the authors wrote.
- In addition to small electronic devices, aluminum batteries could be used to store renewable energy on the electrical grid. Aluminum-ion technology also offers an environmentally friendly alternative to disposable alkaline batteries.
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