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White paper: Why Li-ion is becoming increasingly attractive for data centre applications

While traditional Valve-Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) batteries have been the preferred choice for use in backup power supplies for data centre, offering a better trade off between price, energy density, power, safety, and reliability, decreasing costs now mean that Lithium-ion alternatives could, in fact, provide greater benefits over a system’s lifetime. Driven by a growing… Read More


Fungi to help recycle precious metals from waste batteries

Members of the American Chemical Society (ACS) have designed a new way to extract valuable metals from waste batteries, using three strains of naturally-occurring fungi. The fungal property which was of particular interest to the researchers was the material’s strong ability to deal with heavy metals. Fungi are resilient, abundant and are quick to replicate, as… Read More


Solid-state battery could extinguish fire risks

Researchers have designed a new type of battery, that unlike traditional models containing liquid or gel electrolytes, consists purely of solid chemical compounds and is non-flammable – representing a huge boost for improving battery safety. Responding to dangers linked to traditional lithium-ion batteries, the team based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich… Read More


Nanowire tech offers ground-breaking battery charge capacity

A nanowire-based battery has been designed by University of California, Irvine (UCI) researchers which can be exposed to hundreds and thousands of repeated charge cycles without compromising capacity. The breakthrough could lead to significant advancements in long-life commercial batteries used in a variety of applications, ranging from computers and smartphones to cars and spacecraft. Nanowire technologies have… Read More


Pollen-based electrodes could boost battery storage

Bee pollen could hold the answer to next generation battery research, according to a new study led by scientists at Purdue University, Indiana. The team has been exploring how the unique microstructures found in allergen pollen grains could be used to provide a more energy efficient type of energy storage. The engineers were investigating ways to… Read More