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FREMONT, CA: Electric cars are the driving force in the automotive industry. By spending $218 million on all stock transactions, Tesla recently acquired Maxwell Technologies. It is the fifth acquisition of Tesla since the completion of its first acquisition in 2003. Tesla wants to acquire Maxwell due to the dry electrode technology used in the company. Maxwell claims that dry electrode technology helps reduce costs by 20 percent, although it is not used commercially. It helps to save resources for the future by using renewable sources rather than electricity. Maxwell’s technology uses the binding agent and a conducting agent instead of a solvent. The process makes the electrode thicker than usual conventional practices. Aluminum carries more than one charge per atom, which means that it can carry three times the charge of lithium ions.
The research intelligence company Prescouter, based in Chicago, has released a detailed report of ten new battery technologies. The new wave of high-performance batteries will be introduced with the help of the report. Dr. Dong Jun Kim of UNSW Sydney and his team show that aluminum-ion batteries are the most widely used forms of batteries in the storage of renewable energy. At Northwestern University in Illinois, a study was completed. The strategy for the design of active materials for rechargeable aluminum batteries is demonstrated.
The host electrode is necessary to insert complex aluminum ions. The triangular macrocycle cathode helps to accommodate metal cations in rechargeable aluminum batteries. The first aluminum battery was produced by the triangle-shaped molecule, which makes affordable and powerful batteries that outperform lithium-ion batteries. To improve the properties of the cathode, the scientists blended macrocycle with the graphite flakes.
Previous studies have fought the battery’s energy storage and dropped the idea. But, Dr. Kim and his team used an organic compound to store the battery’s energy. Although lithium-ion batteries have remarkable advantages, their cycle life, high costs, and safety concerns have been limited. In addition, lithium in the Earth’s crust constitutes only 0.7 percent. Aluminum ion batteries, on the contrary, are ideal space contenders. Aluminum, the third most abundant element, is next to silicon and oxygen. Due to its multiple redox states, aluminum has the highest theoretical volumetric capacity. The aluminum ion batteries have overtaken the next generation of storage technology.
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