The lure of commercialisation and the kudos of making the breakthrough seem to be a honeytrap for many researchers and start-ups. Following on from the previous article, Mike McDonagh examines aluminium-air batteries.
This technology is an important story, as it represents a paradigm commonly found in some parts of the scientific community. Without wishing to be hypocritical, it is important to understand that there is a mindset that overlooks practical difficulties, regarding them as insignificant issues that engineers should easily resolve.
I do have to declare a particular interest in the Al-air development that dates way back . . .