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New lithium battery uses seawater materials instead of heavy metals

This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.

The construction of lithium batteries – vital in the pursuit of sustainable energy – continues to improve, with IBM unveiling a new design which replaces the traditional heavy metals used. The new materials have been derived from seawater and would replace cobalt and nickel currently used.

IBM have yet to release details as the concept remains in a sensitive design phase, but initial testing apparently shows no lack of performance in the new technique. It also demonstrated rapid charging rates, achieving an 80% charge within five minutes.

IBM have since partnered with Mercedes-Benz’s research arm in a bid to pursue commercial development.

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