Cobalt based batteries to decarbonise travel
Cobalt based batteries for storing renewable energy
“You have cobalt inside you – right now – as part of the vitamin B12 that keeps you healthy.
Cobalt is also used in electronic devices and batteries that power our digital world, forming part of the circuitry and the semi-conductors that make computers work.
As we move towards a zero-emissions future, cobalt-based batteries will become increasingly in-demand to help decarbonise travel and help integrate renewable energy into national electricity grids. It is also the metal of choice in many other objects, from jet engines to hip replacements, selected for its uniquely resistant properties. While cobalt may not demand the limelight – without it we would lead poorer lives.”
The Cobalt Institute
Currently circa 80% of all nickel production is used in alloys. Of new nickel sold each year, circa 90% goes into alloys, with two-thirds going into stainless steel production. With the advent of the nickel cobalt battery in the 1990’s (think camcorder and the Prius), and the subsequent advances in the use of nickel both in Lithium-ion EV batteries as well as in nickel-cobalt batteries, nickel is now playing a fundamental role in delivering low-cost, long range vehicle batteries. The copper-nickel alloy can also still be found in coins…. not least the American 5cent piece - the “nickel”.
For further information on the central role of nickel in batteries, please visit The Nickel Institute.
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