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August 9, 2022 | Originally published by Idaho National Laboratory (INL) on June 28, 2022

Imagine a future when electric vehicles can travel thousands of miles on a single charge and cargo ships and passenger planes run on batteries instead of fossil fuels.

To make these technological leaps a reality, researchers are working to find an alternative to lithium-ion batteries that, despite their use in everything from smartphones to electric vehicles, have some disadvantages, especially their relatively low energy density compared to gasoline.

One promising alternative, a lithium-sulfur battery, has a high energy density. In other words, the sulfur cathode and the lithium metal anode allow the battery to store more Watt-hours per kilogram than a conventional lithium-ion battery.

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