How lithium-ion batteries are changing the world around you
The capacity of lithium batteries to alter the society comes from their being a lot smaller and lighter than its ancestors like nickel-cadmium batteries.Updated: Feb 27, 2020 14:47 IST
If you are able to carry your whole world inside your pocket or handbag, thank the lithium batteries and M. Stanley Whittingham; the British chemist who proposed these batteries way back in the 1970s. This significant invention has changed the course of communication and transport history of the world. The super-thin cell phones, sleek laptops, state-of-the-art electric vehicles, all run on lithium-ion batteries. In fact, chances are you might be using multiple batteries in your daily life, without even being aware of it.
The capacity of lithium batteries to alter the society comes from their being a lot smaller and lighter than its ancestors like nickel-cadmium batteries. But at the same time, these batteries give out a similar force while holding charge for more time. And the best part is that these batteries are made of significantly less harmful material. Why lithium remains the perfect substance for battery life is because it is the lightest metal and is ‘generally hesitant to shed its electrons.’ No wonder then, that it makes the most amazing, convenient and compact batteries.
Whether it is the researchers, engineers, financial speculators and businessmen, everyone is rushing for a dash of this unheard of wealth. This is because of the quest for more force, in an even smaller form.
But the current form of lithium-ion batteries is not without its limitations. Perhaps, that is why the companies as well as consumers are constantly in the pursuit of batteries that are safer and pack even more energy. Along with that, new uses of such batteries are also emerging. From electric vehicles to power grids, demand for better lithium-ion batteries is constantly on the rise.
Thus comes in a lithium-air battery, with a lithium-metal anode and a vaporous oxygen cathode. Less expensive and lighter, the lithium-air battery could well be the future of its ion ancestor.
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