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May 29, 2016
New concept turns battery technology upside-down
Boston MA (SPX) May 30, 2016
A new approach to the design of a liquid battery, using a passive, gravity-fed arrangement similar to an old-fashioned hourglass, could offer great advantages due to the system's low cost and the simplicity of its design and operation, says a team of MIT researchers who have made a demonstration version of the new battery. Liquid flow batteries - in which the positive and negative electrodes are each in liquid form and separated by a membrane - are not a new concept, and some members of this resea ... read more

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Speedy ion conduction clears road for advanced energy devices
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Clues on the path to a new lithium battery technology
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Quantum sensors for high-precision magnetometry of superconductors
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Seebeck thermoelectric device achieves higher conversion efficiency
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China produces key component for nuclear fusion facility
A world-class ion cyclotron resonant heating (ICRH) antenna, a key part of nuclear fusion facility, was delivered to a French institute in Anhui Province on Monday. The antenna was manufacture ... more
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Adding some salt to the recipe for energy storage materials
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Saft to deliver megawatt-scale Li-ion battery system to Fortum in Finland
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All powered up
University of California, Irvine researchers have invented nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times, moving us closer to a battery that would never requir ... more
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Cleaning up hybrid battery electrodes improves capacity and lifespan
Hybrid batteries that charge faster than conventional ones could have significantly better electrical capacity and long-term stability when prepared with a gentle-sounding way of making electrodes. ... more
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New method enlists electricity for easier, cheaper, greener chemistry
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Unexpected discovery leads to a better battery
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Stanford scientists use DNA to investigate cleaner energy sources
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Detection of atomic scale structure of Cooper-pairs in a high-TC superconductor
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Tesla and other tech giants scramble for lithium as prices double
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Physicists build engine consisting of one atom
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Physicists gain new view of superconductor
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