Cheaper battery is unveiled as a step to a carbon-free grid

by Ivan Penn, NY Times

Lithium-ion batteries have become essential for powering electric cars and storing energy generated by solar panels and wind turbines. But their drawbacks are also by now familiar: They use scarce minerals, are vulnerable to fires and explosions, and are pricey.

A plentiful, safe and more affordable alternative would be worth a lot.

On Wednesday, an energy company headed by the California billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong announced that it had developed a rechargeable battery operating on zinc and air that can store power at far less than the cost of lithium-ion batteries.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/26/business/energy-environment/zinc-battery-solar-power.html?rref=collection%2Fbyline%2Fivan-penn&action=click&contentCollection=undefined&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=8&pgtype=collection

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