Why is the U.S. government getting so concerned about international standards? Growing numbers of U.S. firms are finding trade gates swung shut as compliance with standards developed overseas becomes the price of admission. So complains NIST Director Raymond Kammer. Equally disturbing is the way foreign firms determine conformity with their standards. U.S. companies often must demonstrate adherence not just through testing at home, but also by duplicate, costly, and time-consuming testing overseas. "It is fair to say that European governments and industries believe they can create a competitive advantage in world markets by strongly influencing the content of international standards," Kammer contends. "Europe does have a strategy, and it is up running at full throttle."
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
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