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(Phys Org2)   What to do with all the sulfur left over from refining petroleum? National lab boffins make batteries out of it that are four times as efficient as the ones you have now   (phys.org) divider line 15
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2013-06-06 10:08:59 AM
Many boffins.... died to bring us these batteries.
 
2013-06-06 10:11:06 AM
And we'll have them available on the market in 2000-and-never.
 
2013-06-06 10:17:29 AM

SpdrJay: Many boffins.... died to bring us these batteries.


beat me to it. well done.
 
2013-06-06 10:17:41 AM
But how heavy are they?  Lithium batteries are substantially lighter and NiCd or NMh, and as an RC pilot weight is critical in an electric plane.

And how about safety?  Will they burn down your house if not careful, like Lithium?  (just search for "lithium battery fire"...there are a gazillion videos of these things firebombing.  They can be extremely dangerous if you do something wrong.

And then disposal.  NMh are not very environmentally friendly, one should never toss them out, they should be recycled.  The same for Lead Acid.  But Lithium batteries can be soaked in salt water for a day and then can be tossed in the trash.
 
2013-06-06 10:24:18 AM

ristst: But how heavy are they?  Lithium batteries are substantially lighter and NiCd or NMh, and as an RC pilot weight is critical in an electric plane.

And how about safety?  Will they burn down your house if not careful, like Lithium?  (just search for "lithium battery fire"...there are a gazillion videos of these things firebombing.  They can be extremely dangerous if you do something wrong.

And then disposal.  NMh are not very environmentally friendly, one should never toss them out, they should be recycled.  The same for Lead Acid.  But Lithium batteries can be soaked in salt water for a day and then can be tossed in the trash.


Why? Why wouldn't you just read the damn article?
 
2013-06-06 10:34:11 AM

Homegrown: ristst: But how heavy are they?  Lithium batteries are substantially lighter and NiCd or NMh, and as an RC pilot weight is critical in an electric plane.

And how about safety?  Will they burn down your house if not careful, like Lithium?  (just search for "lithium battery fire"...there are a gazillion videos of these things firebombing.  They can be extremely dangerous if you do something wrong.

And then disposal.  NMh are not very environmentally friendly, one should never toss them out, they should be recycled.  The same for Lead Acid.  But Lithium batteries can be soaked in salt water for a day and then can be tossed in the trash.

Why? Why wouldn't you just read the damn article?


I told you I'd shoot! WHY wouldn't you believe me?
 
2013-06-06 12:36:30 PM
What the hell is a boffin?
 
2013-06-06 12:36:37 PM
Sodom and Gomorrah!  God said He would rain brimstone down onto the heathen masses, and now it is happening!

/get it?
 
2013-06-06 12:46:38 PM
what do they do with the used batteries?
 
2013-06-06 01:47:32 PM
For you non-readers....

Four times the energy density
Increased safety
Doesn't sound like it's too far from ready for manufacturing
The obvious application here is sex toys that run a long time.
 
2013-06-06 02:29:48 PM
Isn't this the article that always comes before the one about how a physicist died in a weird car accident?
 
2013-06-06 02:54:24 PM

jso2897: I told you I'd shoot! WHY wouldn't you believe me?


If I'm gonna get trolled for nrtfa, I prefer it to be with a Stinky Weaselteats reference.

Cue the Keeper...
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2013-06-06 03:05:48 PM

deanayer: Isn't this the article that always comes before the one about how a physicist died in a weird car accident?


The cat's way out of the bag at this point.  The petroleum industry frankly isn't powerful enough to disappear their competition.

/Not saying they really did kill various guys who made a "100mpg carburetor" out of tin cans in their garage, but at any rate, they can't stop EVs now.
 
2013-06-06 05:37:46 PM
I just need to know how delicious they are.
 
2013-06-07 01:20:33 AM

Hollie Maea: The cat's way out of the bag at this point.  The petroleum industry frankly isn't powerful enough to disappear their competition.


Ah, but suddenly that "so plentiful it's practically free!" refinery waste product becomes something the petroleum industry can - and, no doubt, will -  charge good money for.
 
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