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IBM and JCESR step back from lithium-air research

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 12:17 -- Laura Varriale
IBM Battery 500

US labs IBM and Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) have downgraded their research on lithium-air technology.

Lithium-air is widely seen as the 'holy grail', not least for for EV batteries. Using the oxidation of lithium at the andoe and the reduction of oxygen at the cathode to induce a current, lithium-air - if ever made to work cost-effectively over sufficient cycles - could lead to batteries with a range of 500 miles drives on a single charge - up to five times more than the average pure EV.

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