But what’s really important is that it’s a high-performance material and that it’s nearly solid. By using a solid electrode rather than a porous one, you can store more energy in a given volume. At the end of the day, people want batteries to store a lot of energy.
These batteries of the next generation, the challenges arising from the extreme conditions in space travel, such as vacuum and radiation, are also to be examined in the project.
Current batteries and other storage devices are a major bottleneck for transition to clean energy
The “proof-of-concept” design works by reversing the chemical reaction that powers existing lithium-nitrogen batteries.
A good lithium-metal battery will have the same lifespan as the lithium-ion batteries that power today’s electric cars and consumer electric devices, but also store more energy so we can drive longer in between charges.
This may provide a paradigm-shifting opportunity for more sustainable batteries