How National Security Depends on Better Lithium Batteries

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 08:01 in Physics & Chemistry

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.--Lithium spontaneously combusts in air, yet the battery in your computer--and any of the stacks in the new breed of electric vehicles--is made from it. Lithium even burns in water, which is too bad because a lithium-water battery could be both cheap and powerful. Now battery-maker PolyPlus claims to have created such a battery by encasing the lithium in a special membrane that allows it to pass charge without melting down. [More]

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