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A New Concept that Could Double Energy Density is Gaining Popularity

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Published on : Oct 03, 2019

Technological advancements that are taking place are highly effective and beneficial, as they are helping in improving and enhancing the efficiency of various products. Moreover, these advanced technologies has also benefited in making the best use of natural resources and assisted in developing new ways of combining two or more energy.

Recently, researchers from two different universities came together and developed a new concept for aluminum batteries. These batteries are going have reduced environmental impact at a lower production cost with high energy density, as compared to their previous version. The objective behind developing these batteries is to have huge application where wind and solar energy will also be included.  Researchers were mainly from the National Institute of Chemistry, Solvenia and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

Aluminum Batteries to have Advantage over Lithium-Ion Batteries

Currently, globally the demand for lithium-ion batteries is high and is widely used in numerous industries. But on the contrary, aluminum batteries are likely to have high growth opportunities, as it has multiple advantages including high theoretical energy density. Moreover, as the aluminum batteries industry is already established high recycling and manufacturing facilities available, developments like these seems high beneficial. Lower production with this new concept is also adding up in the growth of this industry.

However, as of now aluminum batteries are not commercially available, and even in the research fraternity they are relatively new. But the question still remains are that in the coming years will aluminum batteries can replace lithium-ion batteries.

Having said that, aluminum batteries can be complementary ensuring that lithium-ion batteries are only used where their needs extremely necessary. Though aluminum batteries are capable of meeting only half of the energy density of lithium-ion batteries, but in the long term this might change and both of them will be at power. Therefore, further research is still required.