IBM creates a battery without heavy metals and supports the protection of the environment

IBM said its cobalt and nickel free battery would charge faster than a traditional one, taking just five minutes.

New Battery Discovered By IBM, 2020.
New Battery Discovered By IBM.

The composition of the batteries that we use constantly and daily is at the centre of the controversy. 

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The reason? 

Most of them use cobalt as their main compound, a metal that is difficult to exploit in African countries and has caused thousands of deaths in that region due to its exploitation in mines.

Now the research division of technology giant IBM has reported a major step in that direction, with the development of a new type of battery that does not use heavy metals, such as dangerous cobalt.

According to IBM, the materials used to make "greener" batteries can be extracted directly from seawater. The elements are made of free cathode material.

IBM claimed that the battery design does not require cobalt or nickel as a cathode, in addition to achieving a safe liquid electrolyte.

IBM laboratory: Five minutes to charge.

They indicated that they already have a battery prototype and it has shown great potential. 

In fact, the company noted that this type of battery would recharge faster than a traditional one, taking just five minutes to reach 80% charge, without compromising capacity.

It was known that batteries are high density, exceeding 10,000 W / L and 800 Wh / L, comparable or even exceeding current lithium ion batteries. Also, they have less flammability.

Battery without heavy metals.
Battery without heavy metals.

IBM estimated that the new batteries could have countless benefits for future lower-priced, fast-charging electric vehicles, including electric airplanes and even laptops.

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To move this new battery from early research to commercial development, IBM, together with Mercedes-Benz Research and Development in North America, Central Glass (one of the world's leading suppliers of battery electrolytes) and Sidius (a battery manufacturer), has created an ecosystem for the development of next generation batteries.

An alternative to the current lithium-ion batteries, but more durable, safe and environmentally friendly, IBM announcing the creation of an energy source based on materials taken from seawater.

This new technology is based on the solid foundations of IBM Research in exploratory chemistry and materials science.

For example, the research team took advantage of atomic force microscopy to better understand the forces within battery materials at the molecular and atomic level. 

This same infrastructure is what has driven other transformative discoveries, from semiconductor development to quantum computing.