24 October, 2020

Storing The Change

Cheaper and better batteries are set to revolutionise the concept of energy storage. Here is the tech spark that triggered the illuminating possibility of clean energy.

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Storing The Change

A Brief History Of The Lithium Ion Battery

  • 1980 John B Goodenough and Koichi Mizushima develop lithium cobalt oxide as a new cathode material for high energy density batteries
  • 1991 Sony brings out the world’s first commercial lithium-ion battery. The li-ion is smaller than a nickel-metal hydride battery, but has higher capacity.
  • 1994 Motorola’s MicroTAC Elite becomes first mobile phone to use a li-ion battery
  • 2006 Sony announces worldwide recall of its li-ion batteries, following reports of over­-heating and fires
  • 2008 Tesla Roadster became the first serial production all-electric car to use li-ion batteries
  • 2017 Tesla announces it will build a 100-MW energy storage facility in South Australia­—the largest such project in the world, billed to power over 30,000 homes





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