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New Cobalt-Free Lithium-Ion Battery Reduces Costs Without Sacrificing Performance

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  • Scientists have tried to make Cobalt-free batteries for years without success, but now a new method was developed that could even improve the performance of batteries.
  • The new battery replaces cobalt with nickel and a dash of manganese and aluminum, and the key was finding the right metals and ensuring even distribution of their ions.
  • Cobalt is the most expensive and hardest to find component for batteries, and this method removes it completely.
  • Study authors have worked with their university to form a startup, TexPower, to commercialize this technology.
  • If successful, they will have increased the energy density and lowered production costs of batteries in one fell swoop.

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