Special Issue "Recent Progress in Energy Storage Materials and Devices"

A special issue of Batteries (ISSN 2313-0105). This special issue belongs to the section "Battery Materials and Interfaces: Anode, Cathode, Separators and Electrolytes or Others".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 June 2024 | Viewed by 1322

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Dr. Claudia D’Urso
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Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies (CNR-ITAE), Messina, Italy
Interests: renewable energy; electrochemical accumulators; electrodes; batteries; energy storage

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For sustainable economic growth and environmental protection, energy generated from renewable sources has to be converted and stored in highly efficient and eco-friendly ways. Electrochemical energy storage is a rapidly advancing field building on a continuous stream of innovative ideas. As renewable energy sources become increasingly prevalent, the need for high-energy-density, high-power storage devices with long cycle lives is greater than ever. The development of suitable materials for these devices begins with a complete understanding of the complex processes that govern energy storage and conversion, spanning many orders of magnitude in length and time scales.

The focus of this Special Issue is to bring together all aspects of batteries and electrochemical storage devices across multiple scales, from modeling and nanoscale characterization to full-scale battery construction and testing regimes. Therefore, this Special Issue seeks to contribute to the energy storage devices field through enhancing scientific and multi-disciplinary knowledge to improve performance and deployment by bringing some focus on the shifting energy landscape in order to meet technical, socio-economic, and environmental goals as well as those of energy security. We therefore invite papers on innovative technical developments, reviews, case studies, and analytical and assessment papers from different disciplines, which are relevant to sustainable and renewable energy systems. An interdisciplinary selection of speakers will cover this broad range of topics to develop an overview of the current research and challenges in the battery field.

Dr. Claudia D’Urso
Guest Editor

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  • battery
  • energy storage
  • hybrid battery cells
  • automotive and mobile application requirements
  • environmental challenges

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A Review of Sodium-Metal Chloride Batteries: Materials and Cell Design
Batteries 2023, 9(11), 524; https://doi.org/10.3390/batteries9110524 - 24 Oct 2023
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The widespread electrification of various sectors is triggering a strong demand for new energy storage systems with low environmental impact and using abundant raw materials. Batteries employing elemental sodium could offer significant advantages, as the use of a naturally abundant element such as [...] Read more.
The widespread electrification of various sectors is triggering a strong demand for new energy storage systems with low environmental impact and using abundant raw materials. Batteries employing elemental sodium could offer significant advantages, as the use of a naturally abundant element such as sodium is strategic to satisfy the increasing demand. Currently, lithium-ion batteries represent the most popular energy storage technology, owing to their tunable performance for various applications. However, where large energy storage systems are required, the use of expensive lithium-ion batteries could result disadvantageous. On the other hand, high-temperature sodium batteries represent a promising technology due to their theoretical high specific energies, high energy efficiency, long life and safety. Therefore, driven by the current market demand and the awareness of the potential that still needs to be exploited, research interest in high-temperature sodium batteries has regained great attention. This review aims to highlight the most recent developments on this topic, focusing on actual and prospective active materials used in sodium-metal chloride batteries. In particular, alternative formulations to conventional nickel cathodes and advanced ceramic electrolytes are discussed, referring to the current research challenges centered on cost reduction, lowering of the operating temperature and performance improvement. Moreover, a comprehensive overview on commercial tubular cell design and prototypal planar design is presented, highlighting advantages and limitations based on the analysis of research papers, patents and technical documents. Full article
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