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Solid-state batteries inch their way toward commercialization

Chemical & Engineering News, November 20, 2017 by Marc S. Reisch

Though still a nascent technology, solid-state batteries are hot right now. Among the most prominent proponents is Toyota, which aims to commercialize solid-state batteries for electric cars by 2022.

Other auto competitors are close on Toyota’s heels in the rush to satisfy government mandates for emission-free alternatives to gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles. BMW, for example, has also indicated a keen interest in developing solid-state batteries for their promise of better safety and higher energy density.

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Bill Joy on three inventions that may change the world

Tree Hugger, November 1, 2017 by Lloyd Alter

The tech pioneer turned investor talks meat, batteries, and cement.

It’s hard to write a happy story these days. So it was exhilarating to read Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems and now an investor, describing three of the green investments he has made that he thinks will change the world. “They’re not the only breakthroughs that will help us transition to a more sustainable economy and society, but innovations in these three fields have the potential to radically transform the way we live.”

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Three tech breakthroughs that will help transform the world

Washington Post, October 31, by Bill Joy

We are living unsustainably. Greenhouse gas emissions threaten runaway climate change, and excessive nitrogen pollutes our waters. We sense the impending sixth extinction but are shocked by breaking news of a mass decline in insects. Information technology has rapidly transformed our economy but not areas such as energy, materials and food, where we desperately need sustainability. We need to change our course.

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New battery technologies are getting a charge from venture investors

TechCrunch, Posted Sep 7, 2017 by Jonathan Shieber

Venture capital investors once again are getting charged up over new battery technologies.

The quest to build a better battery has occupied venture investors for nearly a decade, since the initial clean technology investment bubble of the mid-2000s.

Now, some of those same investors are returning to invest in battery businesses, drawn by the promise of novel chemistries and new materials that aim to make more powerful, smaller and safer batteries.

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With Revolutionary Battery Tech, We Can Shift Global Energy To Renewables, Says Bill Joy

Huffington Post, September 6, 2017 by Nathan Gardels

Bill Joy was a cofounder of Sun Microsystems, famous for his essay in Wired magazine in 2000, “Why The Future Doesn’t Need Us.” An investor and inventor, he is a board member at Ionic Materials, which recently announced a major breakthrough in creating solid-state rechargeable batteries. He spoke this week with The WorldPost’s editor-in-chief Nathan Gardels.

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Is the savior battery nigh?

DW News, September 1, 2017

Tech visionary Bill Joy has been investing much of his time and a lot of money in Ionic Materials, a startup developing a solid-polymer-electrolyte battery. Is it the global game-changer everyone is waiting for?

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U.S. Claims Breakthrough with Rechargeable Alkaline Battery

Channel News (Australia), August 3, 2017

A Massachusetts start-up company today plans to unveil what it claims is a major breakthrough in battery design: technology that it claims can make solid-state alkaline batteries a viable alternative to lithium-ion and other high-energy storage technologies.

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Alkaline Batteries Make a Comeback as Safer, Cheaper Li-ion Alternative

Deccan Chronicle, August 4, 2017

Silicon Valley guru believes rechargeable alkaline batteries could be safer and cheaper to manufacture.

After the exploding batteries fiasco of the Galaxy Note 7 last year, the world had seen the dangers of the popular Lithium-ion batteries. A small imperfection could lead to catastrophic results due to the volatile ingredients of the Li-ion batteries. Therefore, researchers took to the drawing board to find a safer as well as cheaper alternative power source and they ended up in a technology from the early 2000’s — alkaline batteries.

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