The Economist posed an interest proposition the other day. The race is heating up for distance efficiency between gasoline and lithium batteries.
Electricity and batteries go hand in hand with electrochemistry and physics. These topics keep over 10,000 scientists busy at Argonne National Laboratory.
Lead-acid batteries weigh a fair amount. Ask anyone who has lifted one out from under an automobile hood, or hefted a new one in its place.
We wrote a while ago regarding how fuel cells stack up against batteries. We concluded they are different,
‘Science’ is a systematic approach for establishing, and testing knowledge about the universal world around us.
Researchers at Imperial College London have solved the enigma of energy storage costs in future. They believe electric car and home storage batteries could rival alternatives
Conventional lead acid batteries are the base load of the industry. But the liquid sulfuric acid inside them is not ideal for all conditions.
Customers often ask if they can use their car battery to power appliances while camping or at the cottage instead of a deep cycle one. ‘Why is the starting battery not suitable for this? Why are starting batteries dangerous to charge indoors?’
Lithium and sulfur are among the lightest products used in battery electrodes. This makes them great for powering anything that flies. A complete lithium-sulfur battery, and the casing full of water would weigh about the same.
We chatted previously about lithium-cobalt-oxide-batteries. The structure of lithium ion manganese oxide batteries is similar, except the metal in the cathode is different. The basic chemistry is the same though.