Lithium-Ion is so Last Year...It's All Germanium Now
Germanium is all the craze these days, says Nano-engineer Professor Zaiping Guo of the University of Wollongong in Australia.
Battery Breakthroughs Come Daily...Be Weary
Guo and her team of research are currently working to improve lithium-ion battery technology and claim to have stumbled upon an element that has 5 time the energy storage potential and could double the range of electric vehicles.
That element, known as Germanium, is claimed to be easily obtainable and a breakthrough manufacturing technique means that it could eventually be cheap to use in batteries, while providing a significant improvement over today's advanced automotive batteries.
As Guo states:
"The novel anode materials are very simple to synthesize and cost-effective.They can be fabricated in large-scale by industry, therefore have great commercial potential. We’re truly excited about this breakthrough and are looking forward to transitioning this technology to the commercial marketplace."
Professor Guo added that independent tests showed significant reduction in charging time for the Ge-based batteries.
As is almost always the case with "breakthrough" battery technology, details are scarce. There are a few reasons for this. To protect one's research work comes to mind, as does maintaining right to any future patents. But, most often, details are scarce either on purpose or because the "breakthrough" technology is decades away from commercialization and little factual information is actually known at this time.
So, the proper way to approach these "breakthroughs" is with doubts and tons of questioning.