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ELEKTRO 7/2020 was released on June 24th 2020. Its digital version will be available on July 24th 2020.

Topic: Cables, conductors and cable engineering

Main Article
New traction power supply technology 25 kV/50 Hz (part 2)

SVĚTLO (Light) 3/2020 was released on June 8th 2020. Its digital version will be available on July 8th 2020.

Professional organizations activities
Announcement: LUMEN V4 2020 is cancelled
What is new in CIE, April 2020

Accessories of lighting installations
Foxtrot as a “Master Control” in Hotel Breukelen
Lighting regulators – control of lighting on the constant level

Batteries with fluorinated electrolytes that work at very high and low temperatures

30. 10. 2019 | Tech Xplore | www.techxplore.com

Electrolytes are chemical components that enable the flow of ions between the cathode and anode inside batteries, ultimately providing electrical power to technological devices. Most conventional and readily available non-aqueous Li-ion batteries are fabricated using carbonate-based electrolytes.

Despite their widespread use, the highly flammable carbonate electrolytes greatly limit the temperatures at which a battery can operate correctly due to their high affinity between their chemical solvents and the ions inside batteries. This results in most carbonate electrolytes-based batteries only functioning safely between -20°C and +50°C, or at voltages between 0.0 and 4.3V.

New type of battery

With this in mind, a team of researchers led by professor Chunsheng Wang at the University of Maryland in the US and other scientists at Zhejiang University in China have recently fabricated a new type of battery that can work at a broader range of temperatures, using fluorinated electrolytes with non-polar solvents. These fluorinated electrolytes are non-flammable, enabling a high electrochemical stability within a broader range temperatures and voltages than carbonate electrolytes.

Read more at Tech Xplore

Image Credit: University of Maryland