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Boeing should have used this instead!

Battery Material Prevents Fires, Stores Five Times the Energy
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a solid electrolyte to replace flammable ones used in lithium-ion batteries.



"An electrolyte developed by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory could enable lithium-ion batteries that store five to 10 times more energy and are safer than the ones that recently caught fire on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.

While the cause of the Boeing fire hasn’t yet been determined, Boeing could have reduced the risk of fire by choosing a safer electrode chemistry (see “Grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliners Use Batteries Prone to Overheating”). But it would have had fewer options for the electrolyte—the material that allows current to flow through a battery. Lithium-ion batteries, even the ones that use relatively safe electrodes, still use flammable liquid electrolytes."

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http://www.technologyreview.com/new...-prevents-fires-stores-five-times-the-energy/
 

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One thing is true, there will continue to be interesting battery breakthroughs in the lab. The real question is how many will make into commercial products.
 

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Quoting: Achieving the combination of high ionic conductivity and a broad electrochemical window in solid electrolytes is a grand challenge for the synthesis of battery materials. Herein we show an enhancement of the room-temperature lithium-ion conductivity by 3 orders of magnitude through the creation of nanostructured Li3PS4. This material has a wide electrochemical window (5 V) and superior chemical stability against lithium metal. The nanoporous structure of Li3PS4 reconciles two vital effects that enhance the ionic conductivity: (1) the reduction of the dimensions to a nanometer-sized framework stabilizes the high-conduction β phase that occurs at elevated temperatures, and (2) the high surface-to-bulk ratio of nanoporous β-Li3PS4 promotes surface conduction. Manipulating the ionic conductivity of solid electrolytes has far-reaching implications for materials design and synthesis in a broad range of applications, including batteries, fuel cells, sensors, photovoltaic systems, and so forth.

High C rate across opposing electrode/electrolyte surfaces remains problematic. A simple surface (sliced) fit won't do the job. The liquid electrolyte, by comparison, fills the interstitial spaces in a simple manufacturing operation. The electrodes are nanostructures.

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja3110895?prevSearch=Anomalous%2BHigh%2BIonic%2BConductivity%2Bof%2BNanoporous&searchHistoryKey=
 

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One thing is true, there will continue to be interesting battery breakthroughs in the lab. The real question is how many will make into commercial products.
Concur. +1
 

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Realizing lithium-ion’s potential



Looks like the 'boffins' are making progress with battery tech.

This link via SAE - Vehicle Electrifacation:

http://ev.sae.org/article/11757/

Maybe in our lifetime...
 

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Historically, batteries have been improving at a rate of about 7% per year. With more research and resources being focused on them, perhaps one of these days a major breakthrough will bump that improvement rate. If not, at 7%/year, batteries will have improved 100% in 10 years.

That means a MY 2020 Volt battery could have twice the mileage, or be half the battery size (and weight), or simply cost half as much.
 

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Thomas Edison was an electric car fan and explored batteries and their manufacturing for that purpose. Here is a link to his 147 battery related patents.

http://edison.rutgers.edu/battpats.htm

Picture him, if you will, in a Tesla S performance edition. A car which today answers all of the historic EV deficiencies except manufactured cost.

While advances in technology are still needed, the real problem now facing EV's is the status quo. This week Exxxon again became the most valuable corporation in the world. It has been the most profitable. Their CEO is on record stating Electric Cars Don't Work.
 

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Tillerson recently re-established his authority during a shareholder meeting on May 28, 2008. The Rockefeller family sponsored a non-binding resolution to separate the CEO and chairman positions that Tillerson holds in order to maintain a system of checks and balances. The Rockefeller family also wanted Exxon Mobil to invest more in alternative energy. The resolution did not obtain the necessary majority and Tillerson held on to both job titles.

In 2009, Exxon Mobil acquired XTO Energy, a major natural gas producer, for $31 billion in stock. Some writers have stated that "Tillerson’s legacy rides on the XTO Deal.".

In 2011 Tillerson signed an agreement with Russia, for drilling in the Arctic, that could be valued up to $300 billion.
Tillerson bought XTO when natural gas prices were twice what they are today. Let's hope it costs him dearly.
 
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