The joint project with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) has achieved a radical jump in the energy density of battery cells. The typical lithium-ion battery used in the car industry today stores about 200 watt-hours per kilo (Wh/kg). Their lab experiment has already reached 675 Wh/kg with a lithium-air variant.
This is a high enough density to power trucks, trains, and arguably mid-haul aircraft, long thought to be beyond the reach of electrification. The team believes it can reach 1,200 Wh/kg. If so, almost all global transport can be decarbonised more easily than we thought, and probably at a negative net cost compared to continuation of the hydrocarbon status quo.
I don’t believe it for a moment but imagine that we do. Super.
So, climate change is solved and everyone can bugger off with their insistence on a just and equitable solution, can’t they?
TFor that’s what the negative net cost means – that this new tech is cheaper than the old tech so everyone will, quite naturally and happily, adopt it without any form of compulsion. Price will do it all for us.
So, given that no one is going to give up their plans to force everyone then they don’t believe this news either, do they?