Meta-Blog

SEARCH QandO

Email:
Jon Henke
Bruce "McQ" McQuain
Dale Franks
Bryan Pick
Billy Hollis
Lance Paddock
MichaelW

BLOGROLL QandO

 
 
Recent Posts
The Ayers Resurrection Tour
Special Friends Get Special Breaks
One Hour
The Hope and Change Express - stalled in the slow lane
Michael Steele New RNC Chairman
Things that make you go "hmmmm"...
Oh yeah, that "rule of law" thing ...
Putting Dollar Signs in Front Of The AGW Hoax
Moving toward a 60 vote majority?
Do As I Say ....
 
 
QandO Newsroom

Newsroom Home Page

US News

US National News
Politics
Business
Science
Technology
Health
Entertainment
Sports
Opinion/Editorial

International News

Top World New
Iraq News
Mideast Conflict

Blogging

Blogpulse Daily Highlights
Daypop Top 40 Links

Regional

Regional News

Publications

News Publications

 
Breakthrough in Lithium-Ion battery technology
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Speaking of energy, some alternate energy news:
Exxon Mobil Corp. believes it has found an answer to a problem that has bedeviled the auto industry in recent years: using rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, like those found in cell phones and laptops, to power cars and trucks.

This weekend, at a conference in Anaheim, Calif., Exxon Mobil will unveil a super-thin plastic sheeting the company says can improve the power, safety and reliability of lithium-ion batteries for use in automobiles.

Exxon Mobil considers the film a breakthrough because it allows battery makers to build smaller and cheaper battery systems — removing key obstacles that have kept automakers from building hybrid and electric vehicles on a wide scale.
One of the reasons I rarely buy into the doomsday scenarios concerning energy is I believe we will find a technological answer before we ever reach the stage the Chicken-Little's claim is inevitable. Ironic that the reported breakthrough comes from an oil company, no?
Separator films are membranes that keep the battery's positive and negative fields, which are wrapped in a jelly-roll configuration, from touching.

Exxon Mobil developed its film with Japanese affiliate Tonen Chemical. Invented in research labs at Exxon Mobil's Baytown complex, the film is the first to squeeze multiple layers of plastic into a single white sheet the width of a human hair.

The added layers enable the batteries to run at higher temperatures — and produce more power — while still protecting them from overheating, company officials said. It also incorporates features that cause it to shut down if there is a short circuit in the battery.

Exxon Mobil sees the separator film technology as more than just a chance to green up its image. Company officials said there is a legitimate business motive for pursuing the technology.

"Clearly, hybrid and electric vehicles are going to play a role in the future, and we want to be a part of that," Harris said.
Or said another way, Exxon Mobile has decided it is in the energy business, not just that oil business.
 
TrackBacks
Return to Main Blog Page
 
 

Previous Comments to this Post 

Comments
Company officials said there is a legitimate business motive for pursuing the technology.
Those greedy, no good, farging bastitches!!! Legitimate business = making money. Capitalist scum!!!!!!!!!

They should do it for Gaia!

/sarcasm
 
Written By: meagain
URL: http://
Invented in research labs at Exxon Mobil’s Baytown complex, the film is the first to squeeze multiple layers of plastic into a single white sheet the width of a human hair.
Hmmm, I seem to remember something about plastics and oil companies. So, I think this is a rather straightforward attempt at innovating new uses for their companies main product.
There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?
New Libertarian/Conservative/Republican slogan:

There’s GREEN in going green$$$
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
Someone at Exxon realizes that $4-5 gasoline has no future without change. If only the rest would catch on.
 
Written By: jpm100
URL: http://
Someone at Exxon realizes that $4-5 gasoline has no future without change. If only the rest would catch on.
The marketplace will take care of that.
 
Written By: Don
URL: http://
A friend turned me on to this the other day: www.nanosolar.com

If it really is as great as it appears, solar power has taken a huge leap forward. I know California subsidizes residential solar power, barely making it cost efficient, and it is still difficult to get people to sign on. This could seriously increase the economic viability of solar power.
 
Written By: researcher
URL: http://
As a tech, I’m reminded of stories of phones and laptops and MP3 players bursting into flames for no apparent reason. Something to do with the battery technology.

Hybrid flambe’ will soon be on the menu, I expect.

 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
That was mentioned in the article bithead...
The added layers enable the batteries to run at higher temperatures — and produce more power — while still protecting them from overheating, company officials said. It also incorporates features that cause it to shut down if there is a short circuit in the battery.
Proof is in the pudding. I’ve been eying the Tahoe hybrid, as we need a replacement SUV/truck. Pretty costly for now.
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
In my experience, people who bleat and moan about the end of life as we know it have almost no grounding in science and so can’t imagine how technological progress comes about. To them it’s all luck and magic.
 
Written By: Grimshaw
URL: http://
Man...

Wish I owned Exxon stock...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
URL: http://
Always lovely to see Exxon-Mobil advertising masquerading as informed commentary.
 
Written By: glasnost
URL: http://
That was mentioned in the article
I know, Keith, but the leading phrase in my response was "For no apparent reason".
I say that, because while I certainly could have missed it, I don’t remember any articles on the subject of what exactly was causing those problems in the first place. If they don’t know what the original problem was, I’m not overly convinced that they found the solution, either.

Time will tell.
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
Always lovely to see Exxon-Mobil advertising masquerading as informed commentary.
Take it up with the Houston Chronicle ... they ran it as news.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
Overheating is a problem for graphite based batteries, but thermal runaway is a separate issue. You cannot cure thermal runaway with a separator, because the runaway is fueled by free oxygen created when the lithium is freed and produces energy. You need to produce batteries that do not use graphite if you want 100% assurance against thermal runaway.
 
Written By: J
URL: http://
Someone at Exxon realizes that $4-5 gasoline has no future without change.
Well, it was either take this out of the vault or the 100mpg carburetor.
 
Written By: Candidus
URL: http://
"the 100mpg carburetor."

I have not seen any of those ads for years. I guess the oil companies finally shut them up. And, of course, all the folks who bought one.
 
Written By: timactual
URL: http://
Thing is, they’ve been waiting at the gas station to interview them. at 100+ MPG it might be a while.
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
What’s the deal with the behaviour of these batteries in water - say for example if the car crashes and the battery is exposed to rain or flood, what happens ?
 
Written By: Blewyn
URL: http://

 
Add Your Comment
  NOTICE: While we don't wish to censor your thoughts, we do blacklist certain terms of profanity or obscenity. This is not to muzzle you, but to ensure that the blog remains work-safe for our readers. If you wish to use profanity, simply insert asterisks (*) where the vowels usually go. Your meaning will still be clear, but our readers will be able to view the blog without worrying that content monitoring will get them in trouble when reading it.
Comments for this entry are closed.
Name:
Email:
URL:
HTML Tools:
Bold Italic Blockquote Hyperlink
Comment:
   
 
Vicious Capitalism

Divider

Buy Dale's Book!
Slackernomics by Dale Franks

Divider

Divider