New materials could be key to improving battery technology

05/13/2013 | USA Today

Advances in battery technology are needed and could include the use of new materials such as vanadium, which comes from shale rock and is used to make high-capacity batteries for consumer applications, this article says. Meanwhile, Toyota is working on a battery that would substitute magnesium for lithium and SUNY Stony Brook is looking into the benefits of nano-sizing and new combinations of chemicals. Battery improvements "aren't where we'd want them to be, but they're getting closer," said Esther Takeuchi, chemistry professor at SUNY.

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