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Army Researchers Are After Cost-Effective Safer, Lighter Batteries

Joint modeling and experimental work by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Georgia Institute of Technology is focused on the development of batteries that improve the safety and energy density of ones currently found on the battlefield, and is featured on the cover of the prestigious Advanced Energy Materials journal. (US Army Research Laboratory)

Scientists studying new ways to squeeze more energy from batteries are making great strides in developing new methods and materials to potentially increase the energy density of batteries by 30 percent at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. (US Army Research Laboratory)

April 9, 2018 | Source: U.S.Army Research Laboratory, arl.army.mil, 21 Feb 2018, Jenna Brady

Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Georgia Institute of Technology are focused on the development of batteries that improve the safety and energy density of ones currently found on the battlefield.

The joint modeling and experimental work reports on the progress towards the discovery of novel solid state electrolytes that would allow for these improvements to be made, and is featured on the cover of the prestigious Advanced Energy Materials journal.

Novel electrolytes for batteries are needed to facilitate the development of lighter and safer energy storage devices in order to unburden the Soldier and reduce logistics requirements.

Improved non-flammable, non-toxic, low-cost and lightweight solid electrolytes have a great potential to enable the use of lithium metal technology resulting in increased energy density and lighter batteries.