An experimental lithium-air battery developed at MIT has inlet and outlet on the sides to provide a flow of air, providing oxygen for the battery's operation (Image: Patrick Gillooly/MIT)
An experimental lithium-air battery that was used for testing at MIT (Image: Patrick Gillooly/MIT)
Lithium-air battery technology looks to have a big future. With the potential of providing energy densities up to three times that of the conventional lithium-ion batteries found in just about every portable consumer electronics device going around (not to mention the incoming wave of electric vehicles), many companies, including IBM and General Motors are pursuing work on lithium-air batteries. Now researchers at MIT have made a breakthrough that could help make the commercial development of lightweight rechargeable batteries a reality.
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