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Develop Lithium-Sulfur Batteries for Large-scale Electrical Energy Storage (2014/RND106)

Project Member(s): Wang, G.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Start year: 2014

Summary: Lithium-ion batteries have been well developed and dominate the portable electronics market. However, this technology does not fit large-scale energy storage applications due to high cost, limited service life, and safety concerns. Although metal-air batteries have the highest energy density, they are still far from being practically applicable, due to inability to identify suitable catalysts. The lithium-sulfur battery has the second highest energy density among all rechargeable battery systems. If fully developed, the lithium-sulfur battery system would be the best choice for mega-scale energy storage. Despite many promising potentials, challenges facing the practical development of Li-S batteries are formidable.

FOR Codes: Energy Storage (excl. Hydrogen), Materials Engineering not elsewhere classified