German Scientists Develop Non-flammable Lithium Polymer Cells

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Published: 12-Apr-2008

Hannover - Scientists in Germany have made a breakthrough in one of the biggest emerging markets in the battery industry: lithium-ion.

With the massive Sony battery recall last year and ever-growing concerns about lithium-ion-powered devices catching aflame, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC have created a solution.

"We have succeeded in replacing the inflammable organic electrolytes with a non-flammable polymer that retains its shape," said ISC team leader Kai-Christian Moller.


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