Technology to develop sodium-ion batteries on a large scale “is now getting a second look” thanks to continued global electrification and investment in renewables, according to CNBC.
What’s going on: Although sodium-ion batteries—which are similar in design to their lithium-ion counterparts and can be made using similar methods—“can’t provide the type of range for electric vehicles offered by lithium-ion batteries … they do present some unique advantages.”
- They don’t use costly critical minerals.
- They can be discharged completely for safe transportation.
Why it’s important: In conjunction with lithium-ion batteries and other renewable tech, sodium-ion batteries could prove a critical component of a feasible all-of-the-above approach to energy.