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Lyan Jordan
(redmonk)

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Batteries on 06/06/2013 08:26:14 MDT Print View

solid sulfur battery

Part of the national push to produce major improvements in batteries announced last year by the DOE.

Now all we have to do is wait for a company to pretend they did the research, patent it, license it, turn cheap sulfur into major profits, and pretend this advance wasn't developed at a National Lab funded by the taxes of the population.

Edited by redmonk on 06/06/2013 08:30:47 MDT.

Chris C
(cvcass) - MLife

Locale: State of Jefferson
corporations on 06/06/2013 08:50:03 MDT Print View

Sounds good to me, then they can create a market for the elemental sulfur and we could invade some foreign country to keep their supply of elemental sulfur from falling into the hands of terrorists.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Batteries on 06/06/2013 18:23:13 MDT Print View

"Now all we have to do is wait for a company to pretend they did the research, patent it, license it, turn cheap sulfur into major profits, and pretend this advance wasn't developed at a National Lab funded by the taxes of the population."

It's the American way. Corollary 1 to the American way: It's highly likely that the company is run by a relative of the scientist who developed the idea at the national lab.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: Batteries on 06/06/2013 19:35:19 MDT Print View

How dirty will the manufacturing be? Plenty.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Batteries on 06/07/2013 08:32:37 MDT Print View

Maybe you can get the sulfur by removing it from crude oil and coal

we currently spew a lot into the air

steven franchuk
(Surf) - M
Re: Re: Removing sulfer from oil on 06/07/2013 23:51:08 MDT Print View

Most developed countries have strict limits on the amount of sulfur in diesel and gasoline. Crude oil frequently has way more sulfur than allowed by law. So in order to make fuel most of the sulfur is removed. Some is sold but much of it is just stacked into piles. This article shows some of the largest piles I have sen:

http://www.energyandcapital.com/articles/sulphur-piles-larger-than-bulidings/1815

Sulfer batteries are already on the market. Energizer lithium 1.5V batteries are the type discussed in this forum. The main issue with these batteries is that they cannot be recharged. The material advancement mentioned could make rechargeable lithium sulfur batteries marketable.

Edited by Surf on 06/08/2013 00:04:03 MDT.