GW Researchers Introduce New High-Energy Rechargeable Batteries

molten air battery configuration
A molten air battery configuration: The air electrode and the metal electrode are lowered into the crucible, then covered with electrolyte, which is then heated until it is molten.

The team, led by Professor Stuart Licht, has developed a molten air battery with commercial potential.

May 14, 2014

While electric vehicles offer many advantages—including reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the country’s dependence on imported petroleum—at least one barrier stands in the way of their large-scale adoption: “range anxiety.”

The current 2014 electric Nissan Leaf, for example, has a range of just 84 miles on a fully charged battery.

The shape and size of the electrode, formed from folded nickel, can affect the performance of the battery. The electrodes are folded to increase the space where chemical reactions can occur.

Researchers at the George Washington University, led by Professor Stuart Licht, think they have developed a novel solution—and they’re calling it the “molten air battery.”