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They are developing a sea salt battery that has four times the capacity of lithium

In a significant step toward a more sustainable future, scientists have achieved a milestone in energy storage technology: a sea-salt battery that promises four times the capacity of current lithium batteries.

According to World Energy Trade, this amazing creation is based on sodium sulfide, a compound derived from seawater, making it an environmentally friendly and economically viable option.

Research director Dr. Shenlong Zhao of the University of Sydney said this development could revolutionize the renewable energy field: “Not only does our sodium battery have the potential to drastically reduce costs, but it can also quadruple the storage capacity compared to traditional lithium batteries.”

A timely breakthrough

This innovation is particularly timely as we have an urgent need for storage solutions for intermittent renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. As these sources become more central to our energy matrix, the demand for high-performance batteries increases significantly.


The current focus on lithium batteries poses environmental and supply issues. Lithium extraction has been criticized for its impact on ecosystems and overexploitation of water resources. In contrast, the Sea Salt Battery taps into a broader and richer source: seawater. This could offer a solution to the problems of resource scarcity and dependency on rare metals.

Molten salt batteries are nothing new, but this latest development is game-changing. The scientists optimized the electrodes and improved the storage capacity by changing the reactivity of sulphur, an essential element in this process.

This gives the sea salt battery exceptional performance and long life at ambient temperatures. In addition to its improved capacity, this battery offers a scalable alternative. Since seawater is a globally available resource, this technology could democratize access to energy storage around the world.

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