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August 4th, 2010

A Quicker Test for Hybrid Batteries

Abstract:
It takes years to verify that a new battery technology will last for the life of a hybrid or electric car. That means battery materials that might cost less and store more energy than today's batteries are languishing on lab benches.

A new way to test lithium-ion batteries could cut that time to a few weeks instead of a few years, eliminating a key bottleneck that's keeping battery costs high and storage capacities low.

By accurately measuring how efficiently experimental batteries store and deliver an electrical charge, Jeff Dahn of Dalhousie University can predict how many times battery cells can be charged and discharged--known as the cycle life of the battery. Dahn, a professor of physics and chemistry, is also trying to demonstrate that the method can predict how long a battery will last on the shelf--known as calendar life.

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