Bolivian Thoughts opinion: If this becomes a reality, Bolivia would have lost a great source of revenue! Mainly due to the ineptness of the autocrat coca caudillo.
The Salar the Uyuni is where lithium can be found in huge quantity, ideal to be a source for the energy market. However, this ruling ochlocracy has lost momentum, scared away potential investors and markets.
evo, immersed in his hatred discourse against capitalism and with a fixation on state-owned enterprises, is by far the least able politician to have taken advantage of this natural resource. [in case you noticed, I write the name of this demagogue, without the initial capital letter, as I strongly believe he does not deserve even that]
His government gave the illusion that his acolytes could make this competitive and efficient, millions of dollars wasted, Bolivia lost the opportunity to secure reliable and top-of-the-notch technology, the masismo could have signed contacts with Tesla or Apple, instead has done very little and Argentina and Chile have already grabbed much of the market.
This new innovation, magnesium-ion solid-state conductor, could end our dream, before it could even got a chance …
This will be the last nail on the incompetence coffin of this autocrat!
Irina Slav reports for Business Insider UK:
A new scientific discovery could be a death blow to traditional lithium-ion batteries
- Department of Energy scientists said last week that they had discovered the fastest magnesium-ion solid-state conductor.
- It could be a final blow to the lithium-ion batteries, which have been used for decades.
- Batteries are seen as the last frontier for electric vehicles to become mainstream.
A team of researchers from the Department of Energy have discovered the fastest, they say, magnesium-ion solid-state conductor – a discovery that could potentially upend the battery market in the future and also one that is highlighting the intensifying rush to search for alternatives to lithium-ion batteries.
Most of these announcements usually cause little more than an indifferent shrug simply because it would take too long for the discoveries to attain any sort of commercial viability, especially in competition with lithium-ion batteries, which are also the object of research to make them more reliable, more efficient, and safer.
But the implications of this discovery are serious enough to merit a report. The key is the solid state of the conductor that the team created, which could be used as an electrolyte in a battery. Electrolytes are as a rule either metals in molten state or a liquid solution, through which ions travel. Conductors are solid-state metals, through which free electrons travel. One other important difference between conductors and electrolytes is that the electric current that flows through conductors is constant, which is not the case with electrolytes, where the strength of the current may change as the electrolyte changes over time.
The team tried to find a conductor that could become a less flammable alternative to electrolyte lithium-ion batteries and came up with a complex material with an even more complex name: magnesium scandium selenide spinel. The key ingredient in the mix was magnesium, which turned out to have mobility comparable to that of lithium ions in electrolyte batteries. In fact, one of the lead authors of the study, Pieremanuele Canepa, said the speed was “unprecedented”.
Still, it will be a long while until the discovery becomes a commercial product, so it would be a bit early to say it’s another nail in the coffin of lithium-ion batteries that so many people seem eager to build. It is even too early for another solid-state battery that uses glass as an electrolyte: the one developed by University of Porto assistant professor Marian Helena Braga and the creator of the first lithium-ion battery, John Goodenough.
In April, the glass battery project made headlines by promising a much higher energy density than normal lithium-ion batteries, a longer life cycle, non-flammability, faster charging times, and lower costs. Wonderful as all this sounds, it will take a lot of time to turn the prototype cell into an actual battery. A recent Bloomberg interview with Goodenough revealed that the team needs partners from the battery industry to make the jump from the lab to the factory. According to Goodenough, this could take between three and five years if all goes well.
Meanwhile, a hybrid carmaker from California, Fisker, has patented a solid-state car battery that, according to the company, has an energy density 2.5 times greater than that of lithium-ion cells. Higher energy density means faster charging times. This battery, too, is at least five years away from hitting markets, however.
Batteries are a big issue in the electric car boom. So big, in fact, that they could become the biggest hurdle to the mainstream adoption of EVs. They are simply too costly, which makes the EVs costly. Yet there is light on the horizon: According to Bloomberg New Energy Intelligence, the costs of EV batteries need to fall by more than 50 percent to make them competitive with internal combustion engine cars and this may happen by 2026. Competition from solid-state batteries would certainly help the cost-cutting drive.