When Sony introduced the first commercial lithium ion battery in the early 1990s, it began a revolution that has spread from cell phones and personal electronics to electric vehicles (EVs). Lithium ion batteries provide high amounts of power, store reasonable amounts of energy, and can be recharged through several thousand cycles. They are relatively lightweight and compact. Aside from personal electronics and EVs, they are finding applications as electric power grid support and as a backup to renewable energy resources, such as wind and solar power.
Lithium ion batteries have their limitations, however. Understanding the basic technology and the limits of the materials that make up lithium ion batteries makes it easier to assess their strengths and weaknesses. Design News Senior Editor Kevin Clemens, Ph.D. has put together four basic lithium technology stories from the first half of 2018 that will help with that understanding. The book is free, just click on the button below!
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Senior Editor Kevin Clemens has been writing about energy, automotive, and transportation topics for more than 30 years. He has masters degrees in Materials Engineering and Environmental Education and a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in aerodynamics. He has set several world land speed records on electric motorcycles that he built in his workshop.
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