The first battery in the form of an electrochemical cell was developed by Alessandro Volta in 1800 and later refined in the Daniell cell in 1836. While these power sources are now commonplace, they often lag the technology they power – from cell phones to electric vehicles. Recent developments are promising, as shown in the following research updates.

•            How Improved Batteries Will Make Electric Vehicles Competitive. It will likely take a decade, but improvements to lithium-ion batteries could lead to much cheaper EVs.

•            The search for clean and green energy requires a better and more efficient battery technology. A team of researchers from Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago are working on titanium dioxide electrodes that improve their performance as they are used.

•            Researchers at Rice University have developed a technique in which a lithium-ion battery can be pained on virtually any surface.

•            The US DOE has awarded up to $120 million to a multi-partner team to establish a new Batteries and Energy Storage Hub, to be known as the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR).

•            Beyond lithium ion: ARPA-E places bets on novel energy storage. The largest grant winner in energy storage hopes to make a rechargeable lithium sulfur battery.

•            New research shows lithium iron phosphate in nanoparticle form is useful for high power battery applications.

•            New graphene-based inks are designed for printed batteries, biochemical sensors.

Batteries need to be packaged to absorb internal impact energy. PORON Urethane and BISCO Silicone foams withstand collapse that can happen due to the stresses of compression and temperature in battery packs over time. This Compression Set Resistance (C-set) Resistance can help extend the life of the battery by continuing to seal and absorb shock. These unique foams from Rogers Corporation also have a unique ability to act as a spring by retaining a very consistent level of force across a range of compressions. This allows the designer more flexibility and reliability in packaging of the battery pack due to the ability to predict the cushioning material’s behavior across varied dimensional tolerances.

Find out more in “Megatrends Fuel Growth in Materials.”



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