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New Cobalt-Free Lithium-Ion Batteries

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Independent Writer nextbigfuture

Brian Wang is a business-oriented futurist, speaker and author of emerging and disruptive technologies. He is the sole author and writer of nextbigfuture.com, a science-focused news site that...

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Researchers from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have a cobalt-free high-energy lithium-ion battery that reduces the costs of producing batteries while boosting performance in some ways. They have a new class of cathode that uses 89% nickel. Cathodes can make up roughly half of the materials costs for the entire battery, with cobalt being the priciest element. Cobalt is $28,500 per ton and it makes up 10% to 30% of most lithium-ion battery cathodes. “Cobalt is the least abundant and most expensive component in battery cathodes,” Manthiram said. “And we are completely eliminating
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