Scientists develop green technology from harmful algal blooms

Harmful algal blooms can be used as high-performance and low-cost electrodes for Na-ion batteries. A team of researchers, led by environmental engineer Dr. Da Deng at Wayne State University in Detroit, have discovered that harmful algal blooms (HABs) can be converted into high-performance electrodes for sodium-ion (Na-ion) batteries. This green technology discovery is good news because, according to Deng, electrodes for Na-ion batteries have the potential to replace lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. The researchers have found a good use for an otherwise highly harmful substance. The researchers published a paper regarding…

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SmartBatt aims to produce lightweight batteries for vehicles

Smartbatt electric vehicle batteries

SmartBatt believes the solution to efficient electric vehicles lies in battery weight Electric vehicles face many challenges that threaten their appeal to consumers and their ability to compete with traditional forms of transportation. Though electric vehicles have won acclaim for their environmentally friendly status and their fuel efficiency, they are widely criticized for their lack of longevity. SmartBatt, a new European Battery Consortium, believes that the solution to the problems that plague electric vehicles lies in lighter batteries. The organization notes that lighter batteries can vastly improve the performance of…

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