Shedding new light on the charging of lithium-ion batteries

Argonne National Laboratory | October 31, 2019

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have reported a new mechanism to speed up the charging of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. Simply exposing the cathode to a beam of concentrated light—for example, the white light from a xenon lamp—lowers the battery charging time by a remarkable factor of two or more. If commercialized, such technology could be a game changer for electric vehicles.

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The purpose of ACFID’s Submission to the White Paper on Foreign Policy is to present an overall narrative and framework from an ACFID and civil society perspective that we believe, if applied, would positively guide Australia’s foreign policy over the next decade.

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