For many years researchers are trying to find a way to reduce the cost of batteries, making them more capacious. Recently, a group of American scientists reported on the success in creating new baseballowej battery, can not only increase energy density but also make the batteries are durable and inexpensive.
Cobalt is one of the most expensive minerals, a part of the modern battery. The standard price is 28 $ 500 per ton is more expensive than Nickel, manganese and aluminum combined. The cobalt is included in the composition up to 30% of the cathode of lithium-ion batteries.
A new breakthrough was made possible by a uniform distribution of ions of different metals in the crystal structure of the cathode during the synthesis. According to the researchers, they not only lowered the final cost of the battery and increase its density without reducing the number of cycles of charge-discharge.
Replace the cobalt managed a less expensive Nickel, which now covers about 89% of the total cathode. It is due to this mineral could increase the density of the battery, which in turn can lead to increased battery life, no matter what device uses it. Ultimately, this will lead to higher capacity batteries in all modern devices, from smartphones to electric cars.