Researchers in Japan say they have identified new solid materials that could lead to the production of “potentially-safer” lithium-ion batteries.
According to a study published in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, research led by Makoto Moriya, of Shizuoka University’s Department of Chemistry, has identified solid crystals that “self-assemble” to form channels for an electric current that could lead to the manufacture of safer batteries.
An Australian vanadium supplier has identified so much potential in the supply of vanadium for electrolytes that it has changed its name to reflect its future direction.
Formerly Yellow Rock Resources, the company now called Australian Vanadium is pushing exploration in the remote Gabanintha area in Western Australia, where there is a sizeable deposit of vanadium.
Although Australian Vanadium has copper, gold and uranium prospects in Australia, vanadium has become its priority
The company has hired Emeritus Professor Maria Skyllas-Kazacos of the University of New South Wales for her expertise in assessing the global market for vanadium electrolyte and to identify the best way to process the material for this market.
Skyllas-Kazacos was instrumental in inventing the all-vanadium redox flow cell battery in 1985, and has continued developing the technology at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
She oversaw the installation of the Gildemeister Cell Cube 130kWh vanadium flow battery on the campus earlier this year, which was the first major installation of a large vanadium redox battery in Australia.