Did anybody else know salt could recharge batteries? According to researchers in the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, lithium metal batteries can charge up to 7 times more than a battery with conventional electrolytes. Gathering lithium based salt and mixing it with liquid electrolytes produces an effect on battery life but has its downsides. 2 downsides of this is the cost of this salt material and lowered conductivity of the ions throughout the electrodes. In order for a battery to generate electricity, charged atoms have to be moved between electrodes. Lithium metal batteries has two to three times the storage capacity of a regular battery. Fluorine mixtures work for other metal batteries as well by lowering the salt concentration and enables it to still possess the benefits.
This article relates to the topic for this week because of batteries being capable of giving off electricity and the upside of being recharged. All batteries have positive and negative charges can develop battery acid (lead sulphate). The movement of electrons is what releases the chemical energy in a battery. I found this article useful because battery acid is normally a sign of battery over usage or the battery is on it’s few uses. This way of recharging can have a huge impact on majority if not all devices because battery life is something we all depend on weather it’s for a car, phone or flashlight. In this article, it was noted that this specific way of recharging had the extra power enables electric vehicles to drive more than two times longer between charge.