Lithium alternatives capture interest of large battery installers amidst supply chain challenges

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Although still very much in its infancy, the U.S. utility-scale battery storage market has existed in earnest since 2011 led by one dominant battery chemistry choice: lithium. According to data through 2021 from the U.S. EIA, 97.95% of utility-scale batteries installed in the United States were lithium-based. While there are significant battery projects in the works (the country currently has 9 GW of utility-scale batteries under operation and a 26.4-GW construction pipeline), the lion’s share will still be lithium-ion, due to its early acceptance and established installation codes.

But lithium is by no means the only available option. Other battery technologies — whether metal-, sodium- or flow-based — are elbowing their way into the conversation. For large-scale developers concerned about both the climate-threatened world and increasingly stretched supply chains, domestically produced lithium alternatives are becoming more attractive.

The US doesn’t have a law mandating EV battery recycling. Should it?

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Recycling batteries could reduce the need to mine critical minerals – but only if the packs are properly recovered.

One of the biggest battery recycling plants in the US is up and running

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Ascend Elements’ new recycling plant in Covington, Georgia is processing used lithium-ion batteries and manufacturing scrap into useful materials for the clean energy transition.

The ammonium-ion battery: A safer and environmentally-friendly alternative to lithium batteries.

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The increasing demand for electronic devices such as electric vehicles, cell phones, and computers has led to a surge in demand for lithium, a soft, alkali metal used in lithium-ion batteries. While lithium is abundant in certain countries, the mining process and safety concerns have prompted researchers to explore alternatives. LSU Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Ying Wang is developing a non-metal rechargeable battery as a potential replacement for lithium batteries; The Ammonium-ion Battery

Battery recycling takes the driver’s seat

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Electric-vehicle demand is accelerating rapidly and so is the need for EV batteries. As these batteries reach end-of-life, significant growth opportunities in the recycling space are emerging.

The massive ‘batteries’ hidden beneath your feet

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When rainwater falls, it soaks down into an aquifer, a layer of porous rock or loose materials like sand or gravel. For thousands of years, humans have been digging into these bands of liquid to bring up drinking water. But interest is growing in another clever use for these subterranean pools: aquifer thermal energy storage, or ATES. 

NREL software models lithium-ion battery supply chain

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The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has unveiled a tool that surveys how changes in costs, battery adoption scenarios, and international actions affect long-term trends in the battery supply chain.

Strong ultralight material could aid energy storage, carbon capture

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Materials scientists showed that fine-tuning interlayer interactions in a class of 2D polymers can determine the materials’ loss or retention of desirable mechanical properties in multilayer or bulk form.

The Swedish battery unicorn that wants to solve energy storage (and no, it isn’t Northvolt)

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Polarium is set to enable storing renewable energy for when it’s needed.

Team finds major storage capacity in water-based batteries

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Researchers at Texas A&M University have discovered a 1,000% difference in the storage capacity of metal-free, water-based battery electrodes.

These batteries are different from lithium-ion batteries that contain cobalt. The group’s goal of researching metal-free batteries stems from having better control over the domestic supply chain since cobalt and lithium are outsourced. This safer chemistry would also prevent battery fires.

Chemical engineering professor Dr. Jodie Lutkenhaus and chemistry assistant professor Dr. Daniel Tabor has published their findings about lithium-free batteries in Nature Materials.