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Forget lithium, think zinc!

28 April 2017

If you wanted to come up with a piece of technology that would make you insanely rich then you should be focused on battery technologies.

For quite some time, the world has relied on chemical batteries to provide us with the portable hi-tech electronics we use every day. More recently, batteries have become a crucial component in the transition of our transport fleet from fossil fuels to electric power.

He who invents a better battery will never have to work again.

As a result of this it's only natural that squillions of dollars are being poured into exploring alternatives to today's chemistry-de-jour: the lithium-based secondary cell.

Every now and then you hear that a team of researchers have made a breakthrough and that their "revolutionary" aluminium/air or cardboard/rose-petal batteries are just five years from production.

Five years on... we're still waiting.

But now (if the reports are to believed, it's the humble and abundant element zinc (Zn) that is coming to our rescue.

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Forums are up!

Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.

Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.

So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.

Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.

The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.

Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.

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