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Monday, 4 April 2011

Rapid Testing Yields High-Energy Battery Materials

Technology Review
April 4, 2011
Using a novel automated approach for quickly building and testing thousands of battery cells, Wildcat Discovery Technologies, a startup in San Diego, California, has developed new materials that could boost the storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries for cars and portable electronics by more than 25 percent.
Batteries based on the new materials could extend the range of electric vehicles or allow automakers to keep the same range but use fewer battery cells, thus reducing the cost of the battery pack, an electric car's most expensive part. Work still needs to be done to improve the durability of the new materials, but the results provide validation for Wildcat's high-throughput screening technique that allows researchers to quickly sort through combinations of materials.
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