Brine pools and processing areas at the Rockwood lithium plant on the Atacama salt flat in northern Chile.
We need to think about the raw materials of batteries -- where they come from and their environmental cost.
Batteries that can last indefinitely are needed to track wildlife.
Mamiraua Sustainable Development Institute
Batteries that can self-sustain are needed for long-term animal tracking as well as shipping and logistics.
We need to look at batteries in-action to understand them better.
Emerging industries, from energy storage to electric cars, will need longer lasting batteries. Watching batteries in action will help us build them.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced plans to build the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery in South Australia.
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Tesla's new battery will be big enough to power thousands of homes, but it's likely to be just the first of many such installations.
Wireless charging means these cars could run off much smaller and cheaper batteries.
Watt a good idea.
Many believe we can stabilise the power supply by asking customers to help - but there's a problem.
Plan to develop long-lasting supercapacitors would provide a faster, safer alternative to lithium batteries.
Batteries may be a good way to store energy in the home.
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Batteries aren't the only type of storage, and all types of storage have their role to play in the future grid.
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Hundreds of thousands of battery fires in Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handsets is a red hot opportunity to better understand what went wrong.
Alternative technologies are already leaving Tesla's batteries in the slow lane.
Tesla’s impressive Gigafactory near Reno, Nevada.
Tesla are taking bold steps to make their production as eco-friendly as possible – but it's not as simple as they hope.
Chilli: not nice for mice.
Discover the chemical wonders in your kitchen cupboard.
Lithium is used in Tesla Energy batteries for businesses and utility companies.
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If Australia investments in technology to recycle and lease lithium, it could capitalise on its increasing use in batteries.
Chemistry is all around us.
Our civilisation is built on chemistry, and the science has a bright future, with the launch of a new Decadal Plan that will steer the science into the future.
There’s a good reason to connected to the electricity distribution network.
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If you're worried about rising electricity prices, then going off-grid sounds attractive. But why not create an intelligent network of solar-powerd batteries that can reduce prices for all?
Before jumping into the home battery market, make sure you do your research.
The 'early adopters' of home battery storage will pay significantly more than those who come later, but it won't be long until prices drop enough for many more to get on board.
2015 saw us complete our exploration of all nine planets (including dwarf planet Pluto) in our solar system.
2015 was a year where we expanded our view of the universe, embraced new technologies and got a hint of the profound changes to come.
Lithium-air batteries demonstrate 90% efficiency in the lab, enough for commercial use. Perhaps the battery breakthrough we've been waiting for is here.
Australia has 1.4 million solar rooftops. But it is with the addition of battery storage that energy grids will really be revolutionised.
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New prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has stressed the importance of embracing 'disruptive' technologies that shake up existing business models. Solar power and battery storage is one of the most enticing options.
But can you make an EV at half the price of that one?
Elon Musk of Tesla Motors wants to build an affordable, mass-market electric car. What can Tesla learn from another auto innovator – Henry Ford?