(sodium battery) (charges in seconds) (high energy density) (abundant material)


Researchers in South Korea have developed a new type of sodium-ion battery that combines the high energy density of batteries with the fast charging capability of supercapacitors. By using sodium, which is 1000 times more abundant than lithium, the battery offers a lower-cost, more scalable energy storage solution. In tests, it exceeded the energy density of commercial lithium-ion batteries while charging in mere seconds.

Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

  1. Rapid-charging consumer electronics: Develop smartphones, laptops, wireless earbuds and other devices that can be fully charged in under a minute, enabling new usage patterns and reducing battery anxiety for consumers.
  2. High-performance electric vehicles: Create electric cars, scooters, and bikes with batteries that can be recharged as fast as refueling a gas tank, removing a key barrier to EV adoption. The high power density also enables better acceleration.
  3. Grid energy storage: Build large-scale, low-cost battery arrays to store excess renewable energy and provide on-demand power to the grid. The sodium-ion chemistry makes this a more economical solution at scale compared to lithium-ion.
  4. Portable power devices: Offer compact, fast-charging power banks and generators for off-grid use, emergency backup power, and recreational activities like camping. Leverage the safety and stability of sodium-ion batteries.
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Super interesting… I did read in a peter drucker book that it typically takes 10-20 years for these cutting edge technologies to actually make it to main stream adoption. I wonder if in our world of social media if that can be compressed?

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Yeah it is a really good point, @ken has been waiting for Graphene Flash Joule technology to change the world for few years now, he and I both can’t quite understand why it is taking so long…

We seem to have the technology to fix some really big problems but nothing seems to be happening…


Storytelling… the presence of it or lack of it.

There’s just so much material out there that without a story, we can’t connect it to all the other bits happening.