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Another Boost for Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries

Berkeley Lab battery researcher Gao Liu and his team earned a coveted R&D 100 Award this year for their invention of an electrically conductive rubbery adhesive that can be mixed with particles of silicon to form a battery’s negative (-) electrode, or anode. Lithium-ion batteries whose anodes are built with this “conducting polymer binder” can store 30 percent more energy than those with conventional anodes made with aggregated carbon particles. Now, by literally tinkering at the edges of this new polymer material, researchers have raised its performance another notch. More>

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  1. Steve Greenberg says:

    Amen Richard! Looks like they heard you. This widespread ignorance is one of my pet peeves. I recently found myself correcting a PG&E representative who clearly didn’t know the difference between energy and power. What is the world coming to?!

  2. Congratulations to the team — but — the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory should be one of the institutions in the world that does not confuse the technical terms “power” and “energy”. The offending phrase is “can store 30 percent more power”. If the battery can indeed store 30% more energy, then the press release should say so. If it can deliver 30 percent more power, then the press release should say that. From the article I can’t tell which one is meant. Hey, that’s par for newspaper reports, but LBNL should do better.

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