Beyond lithium-ion: New battery technologies among nine projects supported by 2022 Connaught Innovation Awards

Professor Gisele Azimi (ChemE, MSE) and her Laboratory for Strategic Materials are exploring aluminum as an alternative to lithium and cobalt to develop more cost-effective, safe and reliable components for next-generation batteries.

Renewable energy from intermittent sources — such as solar or wind power — requires reliable energy storage systems to hold excess energy and release it when and where it’s needed. Today, lithium-ion batteries have emerged as the most common form of energy storage and are used in devices from portable electronics to electric vehicles. 

The lab group’s work on high-performance and cost-effective aluminum batteries for electric transportation and renewable energy storage has been awarded a 2022 Connaught Innovation Award. 

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