31 Dec '13, 6pm

Discovery could lead to more long-lived, inexpensive rechargeable batteries

Discovery could lead to more long-lived, inexpensive rechargeable batteries

Any breakthroughs in battery technology could help pave the way to a better future of renewable energy, so it is with excitement that we share news out of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) . razor512 /CC BY 2.0 Researchers at PNNL have found a way to better see how electricity flows, especially how the coating that develops at the layer between the electrode and the electrolyte impedes the flow of electrons, reducing battery performance. The technique they are using, transmission electron microscopy, has been used by life scientists to study the wet environments inside of cells. According to Chongmin Wang of PNNL: The liquid cell gave us global information about how the electrodes behave in a battery environment. And it will help us find the solid electrolyte layer. It has been hard to directly visualize in sufficient detail. When electrons flood into the el...

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