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AddSaudis invest in silicon nanowires, trying to bury battery breakthrough?

All right everyone, it's time to warm up your conspiracy theories. Back in December we reported on a potential breakthrough in battery technology from Stanford University's Professor Yi Cui. Dr. Cui developed a silicon nanowire material for use in battery electrodes. The beauty of the tiny wire bundles is that they have exponentially more surface area than a conventional flat surface electrode. That allows the electrodes to absorb and release far more electrons for greater energy density. Now we

AddStanford researcher claims lithium ion breakthrough

Stanford University Materials Science Asst. Prof Yi Cui had developed what is claimed to provide a breakthrough in electrical energy storage. Instead of having an anode comprised of a solid mass of silicon and carbon, Cui and his research team have developed one based on a bundle of silicon nanowires. The limiting factor of traditional designs is that the as the silicon absorbs the lithium ions during charging, it swells and then contracts during discharge. Over time this causes the anode to cra

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