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Electrolyte for magnesium batteries

KIT scientists are developing an electrolyte.

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Nowadays, modern electrical appliances almost exclusively run on lithium-ion accumulators. As yet, a rechargeable electric energy store that could compete with these accumulators regarding power density and longevity has not been developed. However, the lithium-ion accumulators do have their limitations. Lithium, a natural resource, is not indefinitely available. Furthermore, the lithium accumulators require protective circuits since they are sensitive to over-discharge and exhaustive discharge. For some time, scientists have therefore been attempting to produce energy stores using magnesium, which is cheap and does not harm the environment. Magnesium has the potential to provide a power density per volume almost twice as high as that of lithium. However, a special electrolyte that acts as an ion-conducting system between the electrodes is required for the reliable operating of a magnesium accumulator system. If an electrolyte produced using the conventional approach were to be employed, on the anode, which consists of magnesium, it would create a film that inhibits conductivity and prevents a reversible operating of the accumulator. It would be desirable to use sulphur as a cathode in magnesium cells as well. However, in the magnesium electrolytes developed so far, it would decompose. Scientists at the KIT Institute for Nanotechnology and Helmholtz Institute Ulm have now developed an electrolyte that bypasses these effects. The inputs are aluminium chloride and magnesium hexamethyl di-silicide, which react with one another in an organic solvent and form the electrolyte. The products do not have to be isolated or purified. Thus the manufacture of the chemical compound can be achieved in a simple, one-step procedure yielding a high concentration.

You can get an overview of this technology at KIT stand. Detailed information can be exchanged individually in contact with the responsible scientific employees of KIT after the industry fair.

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