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A Better, Safer Battery Could be Coming to a Laptop Near You

The Seattle Times, August 3, 2017 (syndicated from The New York Times)

SAN FRANCISCO — A startup company is trying to turbocharge a type of battery that has been a mainstay for simple devices like flashlights and toys, but until now has been ignored as an energy source for computers and electric cars.

Executives at Ionic Materials, in Woburn, Massachusetts, announced Thursday a design breakthrough that could make solid-state alkaline batteries a viable alternative to lithium-ion and other high-energy storage technologies.

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Tech Guru Bill Joy Unveils a Battery to Challenge Lithium-Ion

Bloomberg, August 3, 2017

Elon Musk isn’t the only visionary betting that the world will soon be reliant on batteries. Bill Joy, the Silicon Valley guru and Sun Microsystems Inc. co-founder, also envisions such dependence. He just thinks alkaline is a smarter way to go than lithium-ion.

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Better alkaline batteries, made rechargeable, to power electric cars?

Green Car Reports, August 10, 2017

Alkaline batteries have been a staple energy source for decades, but their potential has been capped by their chemical properties.

Notably, alkaline batteries cannot be recharged, which means their application is often limited to single uses in small devices such as flashlights and remote controls.

An alkaline battery finding its way to an electric car has been viewed as all but impossible, while lithium-ion batteries have become the industry standard.

However, a startup company says it has unlocked the secret to safer, more powerful alkaline batteries with a solid-state variant it suggests holds potential to revolutionize the industry.

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Tech Pioneer Bill Joy Thinks Solid-State Alkaline Batteries Are the Future

green tech media, August 7, 2017 by KATIE FEHRENBACHER

“Everyone is kind of stuck.”

So says Bill Joy, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems and former Kleiner Perkins partner, who thinks the pace of innovation in the battery industry is too slow.

Joy hopes a battery startup that he’s invested in over the years, Ionic Materials, can help speed up progress. “Innovation has stalled because it’s so hard. People need a solid electrolyte to make progress,” said Joy in an interview.

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Ionic’s Alkaline Battery Tech Could Offer A Safer, More Powerful Option To Lithium Ion For Mobile Devices

Hot Hardware – August 2, 2017
by Brandon Hill

When it comes to the mobile devices that we use on a daily basis — be it a smartphone, tablet, or laptop — we are more than likely relying on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to keep us powered through the day. However, companies have looked for an alternative to lithium-ion batteries for years, but none has fought its way to the forefront to provide a suitable challenge.

One startup company, Ionic Materials, is looking to take the fight to the lithium-ion with a battery chemistry that we’re all familiar with: alkaline.

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A Better, Safer Battery Could Be Coming to a Laptop Near You

New York Times, August 1, 2017

A start-up company is trying to turbocharge a type of battery that has been a mainstay for simple devices like flashlights and toys, but until now has been ignored as an energy source for computers and electric cars.

Executives at Ionic Materials, in Woburn, Mass., plan to announce on Thursday a design breakthrough that could make solid-state alkaline batteries a viable alternative to lithium-ion and other high-energy storage technologies.

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Long lasting battery made with Ionic Materials

Let’s Go Digital, June 30, 2017

By eliminating the toxic and flammable liquid electrolyte in current lithium-ion batteries, the company’s battery material is inherently safe and enables nonflammable batteries that will safely power the future.

Batteries made with Ionic Materials’ solid polymer electrolyte can be folded, cut and damaged without burning and they continue to perform. The removal of the liquid also results in a more recyclable battery.

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Sun’s Bill Joy is on a quest for a better battery

Axios, May 30, 2017

If you were to draw up a list of the most-needed technologies, a better battery would likely be near the top. Well, several years ago, then a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Bill Joy drew up just such a list and came to a similar conclusion.

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