Category Archives: Lithium-ion

The future of both electric vehicles and utility-scale energy storage are depending on lithium-ion batteries because of their high energy-density (which is not important for energy storage, and there aren’t enough lithium reserves for even 4 hours of global electricity energy storage). But battery life is important for both vehicles and especially for energy storage, but now it is far too short for either application. Given the challenges of developing better batteries discussed in Who Killed the Electric Car?, it is foolish to base our nation’s future transportation and energy storage batteries (to store intermittent energy and protect the grid from unreliable wind and solar power).

The periodic table limits battery development

Alice Friedemann   www.energyskeptic.com  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation”, 2015, Springer and “Crunch! Whole Grain Artisan Chips and Crackers”. Podcasts: Practical Prepping, KunstlerCast 253, KunstlerCast278, Peak Prosperity , XX2 report There hasn’t been much … Continue reading

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Would Tesla, li-ion batteries, SolarCity or SpaceX exist without $4.9 billion in government subsidies?

[ Tesla made no new battery breakthroughs — batteries aren’t much better today than they were 200 years ago.  All they did was build a better battery management system (BMS) by stringing teeny-tiny batteries together — thousands of them, and … Continue reading

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All Electric Trucks. Probably not going to happen. Ever. Why not?

There are “forms of transport that cannot be electrified — heavy-duty trucks and planes… Even if the electricity problem can be solved, it won’t address the needs of planes, trucks, ships and some industrial heating that cannot be electrified” (Long). … Continue reading

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What is the life span of a vehicle Lithium-ion Battery?

How long a lithium-ion battery will last depends on many factors Lithium-ion battery life is defined in studies as beyond its useful life when its capacity falls by 20 percent or more. Lithium-ion batteries start to degrade as soon as … Continue reading

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EPA LCA study lithium-ion battery environmental impact, energy used, recycling issues

[ The future of both electric vehicles and utility-scale energy storage are depending on lithium-ion batteries because of their high energy-density (though that is not as important for energy storage, but that’s where most research money is going). This EPA … Continue reading

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