Energy usage

Four things you may not know about batteriesSeptember 4, 2015

Batteries have helped make our on-the-go way of life possible, but what do you know about how they work?

Positive Electrodes for Lithium Batteries

This invention relates to new high-capacity cathode materials with high lithium content that can act as a reservoir for lithium. The new materials have potential application in lithium-ion batteries with anodes such as graphite, graphene, and silicon. There is also potential application in batteries utilizing lithium metal anodes.

Argonne and Mississippi State University partner to create energy storage technology solutions for southeast regionAugust 13, 2015

Argonne National Laboratory and Mississippi State University are collaborating to develop new technologies that address next-generation energy storage challenges. New discoveries could enhance the load-balancing capabilities of the electric grid in the Southeast region.

Protective shells may boost silicon lithium-ion batteriesAugust 5, 2015

Researchers found that fluoroethylene carbonate creates a rubber-like protective shell around the negative electrode inside silicon-based lithium-ion batteries.

JCESR introduces high school students to the future of battery scienceJuly 30, 2015

Early this summer, 80 Chicago-area high school students got a glimpse of the importance of energy storage and how battery science is improving our world both today and tomorrow.

Perovskite solar technology shows quick energy returnsJuly 17, 2015

Silicon-based solar panels, which dominate the market for solar power, usually need about two years to “pay back” the energy used to make them. But for technology made with perovskites—a class of materials causing quite a buzz in the solar research community—the energy payback time is only two to three months.

Early career scientist Charudatta Phatak wins energy research awardJuly 6, 2015

Charudatta Phatak, an assistant materials scientist at Argonne, has received the 2015-16 NU-Argonne Early Career Investigator Award for Energy Research.