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ELEKTRO 10/2019 was released on November 2nd 2019. Its digital version will be available immediately.

Topic: Topic: Electroenergetics, Devices for transmission and distribution of electricity

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Problematics of measurement on inverter welding sources

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International conference LIGHT (SVĚTLO) 2019 – 6th announcement
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New approach could boost energy capacity of lithium batteries

29.03.2019 | MIT | www.mit.edu

Researchers around the globe have been on a quest for batteries that pack a punch but are smaller and lighter than today’s versions, potentially enabling electric cars to travel further or portable electronics to run for longer without recharging. Now, researchers at MIT and in China say they’ve made a major advance in this area, with a new version of a key component for lithium batteries, the cathode.

The team describes their concept as a “hybrid” cathode, because it combines aspects of two different approaches that have been used before, one to increase the energy output per pound (gravimetric energy density), the other for the energy per liter (volumetric energy density). The synergistic combination, they say, produces a version that provides the benefits of both, and more.

Bigger energy capacity of lithium batteries

Today’s lithium-ion batteries tend to use cathodes made of a transition metal oxide, but batteries with cathodes made of sulfur are considered a promising alternative to reduce weight. The cathodes of such batteries are usually made in one of two ways, known as intercalation types or conversion types. In their new hybrid system, the researchers have managed to combine the two approaches into a new cathode that incorporates both a type of molybdenum sulfide called Chevrel-phase, and pure sulfur, which together appear to provide the best aspects of both.

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