Calcium batteries could be viable thanks to a new electrolyte
Use this slide to invite student discussion about the increasing uses of batteries in society and cover topics including electrolysis, atomic valence and electron donation.
With lithium in short supply, a new alternative for batteries is needed to meet growing global demand. Calcium offers an option that is both higher in capacity and safer than lithium. With a valency of 2, calcium can offer double the electrons that lithium can and provide a higher capacity battery. It also has the potential for use with metallic anodes for increased energy density.
Factors impeding the use of calcium include difficulty finding a suitable electrolyte for use with a calcium metal anode. Researchers struggle to find a method for reversible uptake and release of calcium. This new study poses an electrolyte that could provide the solution needed.
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