IBM Research created a battery that exceeds lithium-ion and does so without hazardous heavy metals

Everything from electric vehicles to smartphones all run lithium-ion units with risky heavy metals that are a finite resource, Big Blue just made do without them.


Lithium-ion batteries require the use of heavy metals such as cobalt, manganese and nickel. These metals are hazardous to the environment; especially to the miners mining them out of the ground. They’re also finite resources.

So how did IBM Research solve this? Their Battery Lab replaced cobalt and nickel in the cathode as well as substituting the liquid electrolyte with a new type. The electrolytes enable the ions to move from one end to the other, generating power in the process. Furthermore, the new electrolyte also possesses a high flash point that reduces the creation of lithium dendrites and results in being less prone to short circuits.

IBM’s big brains also believe the new battery will boast a larger capacity than the equivalent lithium-ion battery, will charge up to 80 per cent in just five minutes, be more energy efficient and cheaper to manufacture.

MacDailyNews Take: As with every new battery breakthrough, hope that it makes it to market springs eternal.


      1. I have read about 3 very similar developments during this month alone including one that removes the liquid electrolyte altogether making it safer along with similar claims to those above. Let’s hope at least one of them, or the many others in development make it beyond the labs. If so it will transform the future of transport amongst other devices.

        1. applec*ntic can’t help what he is. And he professes not to know what is being meant by daubing his reply in question marks. You’re right, spy, I am being optimistic.

    1. What warrants a Nobel Peace Prize is the remarkable economic turnaround by first time politician President Donald J. Trump.

      Think about it, President Obama received the prize 9 months in office for all talk about nuclear nonproliferation and reaching out to Muslims that he has a vested interest in, fine.

      Well, that prize did not get me a raise, or a better job or skyrocket my 401K. In other words, Trump’s economy has done more for more people than Obama’s lofty words.

      That said, the prize committee is liberal biased in a liberal socialist nation. Brutal honesty, I know, but it affects their judgement.

      Thinking further, a Nobel Peace Prize to President Trump would not amount to a hill of beans…

        1. Merry Christmas to you, as well. 🎄

          The reality with your fiction asterisk it is based on FAKE NEWS and FAKE CHARGES. The first president to be impeached on 100% party lines and biased interpretation of words and motives from a freewheeling conversational president — THINK about that.

          No crimes, no investigation of the Biden’s, the Ukraine president publicly stated no pressure, the funds were released and NOTHING granted in return, Trump quoted I don’t want a quid pro quo and he released the transcript which instantly exposed Schiff as a LIAR.

          The best part with pious party proclamations aside, no evidence an election that doesn’t happen for 11 months has been affected because it’s all hot air. How do you get impeached on hot air when nothing happened? Akin to me saying hey AC, punch that guy in the mouth and when you don’t no crime occurred but you will be charged. So now the Democrats are impeaching an economically successful president based on hate and hot air interpretations. Unbelievable!

          Meanwhile, the reality asterisk is record after record economic accomplishments and although the Dishonest Democrats and media will NEVER give President Trump one iota of credit, they feel the good times in their districts and the rise of their investments and 401K.

          I could never in a million years turn to dark side of dishonest Democrats. Bottom line: The only reason they get away with it, is the media and Hollywood are in lockstep and just as dishonest…

            1. No, the Democrats TODAY are EVIL pathological LIARS, unlike the JFK Democrats working for the people in noble ways. The Democrats are also hijacked by the clueless socialists like AOC who wants to RADICALLY CHANGE the good old USA by destroying hundreds of years of tradition and history. Wake up my friend… 🤠

        2. Ah, yes, fiction! Such as Russian collusion, interfering in an election, obstruction of Congress, bribery, “the pee tape”, extortion, being unfit for office, obstruction of justice, being a sex offender, promoting sexual assault and the dozen or so other fictional accusations that are too bizarre to store in memory. MAGA, Trump 2020!!

      1. STOP talking facts, it really pisses of the Libturds! The they go out and riot and help get Trump elected! Thanks Libturds!

        To anger a conservative, tell a lie.
        To anger a liberal, tell the truth

      2. Ughh! Trump has accomplished little of real consequence. Despite a huge tax cut for business and the wealthy, the U.S. economy chugs along at about the same 2%+/- GDP growth rate. Obama inherited a $1.4 trillion annual deficit and managed to cut it to about $600 billion by 2016. Trump managed to increase it to ~$1.2 trillion in two short years, doubling the amount he inherited. The economic progress has come at the expense of massive environmental damage, the extent of which is hard to estimate until years from now.
        We also know that Trump is Putin’s lap boy. He is the most corrupt president in U.S. history, by far, and when the history of his four years in office is written, Trump will read about it from a federal penitentiary. Trump is unfit for office, as Lindsey Graham clearly stated about four years ago.

        1. Yes, “huge tax cut for business and the wealthy” (and massive spending increases)
          In other words, he put the country on a credit card leving the next president to pay the bills.

        2. Ughh is right!

          President Trump’s GDP numbers are not the same as Obama’s they are higher and several times over 3%. Unemployment is at a record 50 year low while there are a record number of people employed. Millions are out of poverty and off welfare as well as record employment for blacks, Hispanics and women. Stock market records are off the charts and one day Saturday sales for Christmas set an all time record as well as holiday travel.

          President Obama DOUBLED the national debt in eight years more than all presidents before him combined. It’s always interesting the hypocrisy of Democrats that have no problem with rising debt levels until a Republican is in office. The current president is not even close to the same high debt numbers as Obama.

          Business expansion and consumer confidence is also off the charts and millions of manufacturing jobs that Obama proclaimed he had no magic wand to bring back, are indeed coming back under the businessman president. The tax cuts certainly helped businesses large and small and I have thousands more in my pocket. The Democrat meme tax cuts only went to the “wealthy” is yet another big lie.

          Congress after holding Trump’s trade bill hostage for a year finally passed it days after the FAKE impeachment vote and Pelosi had the gall to try to take credit away from the negotiating president to negate the do nothing Congress label.

          Your clueless statement, “the most corrupt president in U.S. history, by far” is laughable when you consider the corrupt government agencies the last eight years under Obama’s watch. Comey clearing Hillary summer before the election then in a strange stunt reopening it just before the election while not bringing charges for federal laws violated. Eric Holder “fast and furious” illegal gun sales and he refused to testify before Congress and was found in contempt and later resigned. The Loretta Lynch LAX tarmac chat on a secure plane with Bill Clinton right before the election to talk about grandchildren, yeah right. The no response situation room while terrorists were murdering U.S. citizens in Benghazi and no one was held accountable.

          And let’s not forget the Rosetta Stone of government agencies and corrupt agents under President Obama spying on the Trump campaign. FBI agent lovers Peter and Lisa implementing an “insurance policy” while the FISA application was approved several times, even though Horowitz exposed in his report 17 violations, bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign. The next report, heads are going to roll.

          Guess you have no problem with Biden bragging and strong arming Ukraine to withhold billions unless they fired a prosecutor looking into the corrupt company that hired his son, hmmm? Of course not, fairness is not in Democrat DNA since JFK.

          On the flip side of that coin you have President Trump impeached for making presidential inquiries where nothing came of it and money was delivered to Ukraine in military equipment and support, not Obama blankets doing more for the country than past presidents.

          Lindsey is both hot and cold depending on the day commenting on the Trump presidency. I agree with him at times Trump makes stupid statements. But if the impeachment trial show happens in the Senate, he will defend what is right.

          Obviously, your partisanship does not understand or in fairness see who rightly belongs in a “federal penitentiary”…

          1. Happy Christmas to you! I’m glad to see that the political situation has not spoiled your devotion to peace and the Prince of Peace. May your love and charity for your neighbors only increase in the New Year.

            I have enjoyed all your relevant observations concerning lithium-ion batteries. It is good that you stuck to the subject of the article.

            1. Correction: Proper term for hundreds of years is Merry Christmas USER. Despicable you USE a holy holiday as a disparaging political tool to placate the Democrats, most notable the PC extremists.

              “I have enjoyed all your relevant observations concerning lithium-ion batteries. It is good that you stuck to the subject of the article.”

              Your snide paragraph is totally irrelevant to my post. You are now dismissed.

              Freedom of speech, baby!… 🇺🇸🦅🇺🇸🦅🇺🇸

          1. The same people who repeatedly claim the falsehood you mentioned, seem to have amnesia when President Obama was CAUGHT on a hot mic promising he could do more for Putin after the election. That is bona fide proof of Russian collusion. Yet the DISHONEST Democrats keep repeating the same lies ad nauseam that is total fiction regarding President Trump. The reckoning is coming…

        3. Obama did not “inherit a $1.4 trillion annual deficit.” He CREATED a $1.7 trillion annual deficit. That budget was passed by a Democrat House, a Democrat Senate and signed by Democrat Obama.

          1. You lie. The Bush debt and deregulation-fueled crash happened several months before Obama was elected.

            Most federal aid was signed by Bush in 2008, and the follow on stimulus packages in 2009 were also bipartisan, urged strongly by Paulson, Bush’s nominee for the Fed.

            The aid that the federal government did extend, such as loan guarantees to corporations that begged for it, was all paid back with interest. Your precious tax dollars were all returned and the economy grew steadily since late 2009.

            You clearly need to stop drinking the revisionist Drumphian GOP koolaid.

            Also — “phase 1” is a half assed attempt to undo the Big Ag implosion caused by the Drumph team. Farm bankruptcy rate is at a 40+ year high. Brazil and other low cost food producers have replaced the USA and it will take decades to rebuild lost business. Zero has been accomplished on the fundamental issues of IP theft , nuclear proliferation, trade barriers, and so on. NOTHING except unifying the rest of the planet against isolated USA. USA First means nobody else wants to follow.

            1. Here we go again another fake imposter who is too stupid to impersonate me correctly, that would be GoeB. I suspect the potty mouth village idiot from San Diego is the culprit, whatever, he is irrelevant. Thanks for the props, SmartHouse…👍🏻

  1. The Conservatards on this forum are brainwashed. Over the past few decades I have always voted for the best candidate regardless of party. But the Republican Party has allowed itself to be hijacked by the Great Lying Orange. Sadly, far too many people have actively embraced and supported the criminal activities of the GLO – some still alleged and other criminal with documentation. For instance, the GLO as well as his father and family conspired to commit tax fraud. The fact that the statute of limitations has expired does not make his actions less criminal. Trump was also illegally bailed out of casino bankruptcy twice by his father.

    The support of the GLO’s nefarious activities and kowtowing to the Russians has made the Republican Party the major threat to the future welfare to the U.S. As a result, I will no longer support any Republican candidates for office going forward. This Republican disease has progressed way too far already. Now it is time to recover.

    1. “The Conservatards on this forum are brainwashed.”

      You have it exactly backwards — the Libtards are not only brainwashed, they have no brains.

      I don’t dispute the facts Trump’s mind blowing world wide numerous business deals for decades some went bad. But you are dishonest in omission by not recognizing the overwhelming majority were positive and smart.

      “Great Lying Orange.” Right, like Hillary and Bill never lied and Biden would not recognize truth if it was in his face.

      “The support of the GLO’s nefarious activities and kowtowing to the Russians has made the Republican Party the major threat to the future welfare to the U.S.”

      You need to get your head out of your arse. Mueller investigation spent over 30 million dollars and two years and FOUND NOTHING!!!

      Reality check: President Obama was caught on a hot mic he could do more for Putin after the election. “major threat to the future welfare to the U.S.” is from dishonest partisans like you.

      “This Republican disease has progressed way too far already.”

      Again, you have it exactly BACKWARDS. The Dishonest Do Nothing Democrats are the disease to the body politic. The party is ruined as it tilts to the socialist extremists and has overt disdain for the deplorables clinging to guns, God and religion. You are simply too stupid to see it…

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