Green Energy’s Dead Battery Problem
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  • Corlyss

    “mega-battery technology is lagging far, far behind the green technologies”
    Wow! Something more inert and fanciful than boutique energy. Whodda thunk it!

  • Fat_Man

    Batteries are one of the oldest of industrial era technologies. The first one was made by Alessandro Volta in 1800. They are based on inorganic chemistry a science that is almost completely closed and characterized. There is little technological headroom for any new types of batteries or any great innovation in their structure or function.

    We should not waste research money on batteries, nor should we expect any real help for the “renewable energy” portfolio from batteries

    • f1b0nacc1

      While I entirely agree with your point regarding inorganic chemistry, let me suggest that soem structural innovations (increasing the surface area that can react, providing for more durable cathodes and anodes, etc.) should provide some improvements that are probably worth pursuing.
      With that said, however, your broader point is well taken…battery technology is and will remain the bottleneck and there is not a whole lot that can be done about it.
      As an aside, do I also see you on FuturePundit?

      • Fat_Man

        I used to read FP. I had to go on an internet diet, and that was one I dropped.

        • f1b0nacc1

          A pity, your absence is keenly felt

  • Boritz

    The solution is so obvious as to require no further discussion: Cellyndra. Rent the factory space. Start making batteries. Infuse massive amounts of government $$$$$$$, and reap the green (pun intended) rewards.

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