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Sand-Based Batteries Outperform Others Up to 3 Times, Study Finds
News Max ^ | July 10 2014 | Nick Sanchez

Posted on 07/10/2014 8:45:45 AM PDT by PoloSec

Sand-based batteries may soon replace the standard graphite-based battery, potentially tripling the industry standard for charge capacity.

"This is the holy grail – a low cost, non-toxic, environmentally friendly way to produce high performance lithium ion battery anodes," said Zachary Favors, a graduate student working at University of California, Riverside, whose research was published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports this week.

Graphite has long been the standard material for the anodes in lithium ion batteries, but scientists have wrung nearly all they can from it. Many have moved on to experimenting with nanoscale silicon as a replacement, but The Economic Times reported that "it degrades quickly and is hard to produce in large quantities."

Looking to overcome these barriers, Favors searched for a way to make silicon cheaply, and ended up at the beach.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...


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1 posted on 07/10/2014 8:45:45 AM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec

Crap... Now the Saudi’s are gonna lord battery power over us as well....

Cause they got a lot of sand...


2 posted on 07/10/2014 8:47:23 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: PoloSec

Beach sand is very heavy. Try to lift a bucketful of it.


3 posted on 07/10/2014 8:49:12 AM PDT by shove_it (My real nickname is Otter)
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To: PoloSec

they need to hurry it up. Can’t wait for all batteries/tesla like cars on our road. No more reliances on foreign oil. We could just produce electricity locally using cheap gas/oil/coal/nuclear


4 posted on 07/10/2014 8:52:33 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: 4rcane

Beach sand / Tesla

Is this why the people living in beach towns drive the fancy Teslas?


5 posted on 07/10/2014 8:59:14 AM PDT by Scrambler Bob
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To: PoloSec

WOO HOO!

MY YARD IS A GOLD MINE!.................I live in Florida..............


6 posted on 07/10/2014 8:59:16 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,759 threads and 85,158 replies...............)
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To: PoloSec
This morning Drudge has a article on how peer review works in today's world. Peer review is the gateway to government grants.
7 posted on 07/10/2014 8:59:28 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: GraceG; tx_eggman

Yeah...

If the manufacturing process involves “pounding” in any way, we are doomed!

So many around here have been telling them to pound sand for years!


8 posted on 07/10/2014 9:06:15 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (IN-SAPORIBVS-SICVT-PVLLVM)
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To: PoloSec

Some envirowacko is probably working right now on a plan to have sand declared to be endangered.


9 posted on 07/10/2014 9:06:23 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: PoloSec
The article on technology is great, but the poll on mr. mulato is a lot more fun, he's getting hammered.

Overall, do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's job performance? Approve326,068(20%) Disapprove1,301,863(79%)

Compared to previous presidents, how would you rate President Obama? Average73,377(4%) Better than most282,175(17%) Worse than most1,274,967(78%)

Do you approve of his job handling the U.S. economy? Approve322,816(19%) Disapprove1,297,974(80%)

Do you believe President Obama's new healthcare law, known as Obamacare, has helped or hurt you? Helped me207,703(12%) Hurt me1,068,490(65%) No difference351,114(21%)

Do you trust President Obama? Yes, I trust him325,703(20%) No, I do not trust him1,297,573(79%)

10 posted on 07/10/2014 9:07:46 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Red Badger; CedarDave; LegendHasIt; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; ...

Heck I live in New Mexico and except for a few mountains the whole place is a beach!!! Without any water of course. ;-)


11 posted on 07/10/2014 9:17:34 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Where I used to live in the Tularosa Basin the beach regularly blew right past me . . . .


12 posted on 07/10/2014 9:20:01 AM PDT by Cap Huff
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To: PoloSec

How cool!

Costco always used to carry rechargeable batteries (the AA and AAA kind) but I didn’t see them there the last couple visits. And I, a heavy battery user, wonder why anyone would still buy alkaline batteries.


13 posted on 07/10/2014 9:32:56 AM PDT by bluedogpdx
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To: Kartographer

Here on the Gulf Coast, our sand is sugar white. We take great pride in it and keep it clean as possible. The BP disaster hurt bad, but it’s mostly all gone now, with only a few tar balls washing up every now and then. We have beach cleaning crews that sift the sand on the beach at night for trash and debris, even before the BP debacle....................


14 posted on 07/10/2014 9:35:00 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,759 threads and 85,158 replies...............)
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To: PoloSec

I wish I had a dollar for every new battery technology I’ve seen reported, but never made it to market.


15 posted on 07/10/2014 9:36:44 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: PoloSec

“sand” is a particle size in the realm of mineral substances.
Is the sand herein referenced composed of quartz? If so, does the presence of trace amounts of impurities affect its utility for this purpose?


16 posted on 07/10/2014 9:39:08 AM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: Red Badger; Cap Huff

We don’t have to shit the sand here, because as Cap Huff posted the wind does it for us!


17 posted on 07/10/2014 9:41:50 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

We have to sift the sand for cigarette butts, and other trash that the touristas leave behind. Glass bottles and pets are not allowed on the beaches at all. There are trash cans but people don’t seem to know what they are for......................


18 posted on 07/10/2014 9:58:37 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,759 threads and 85,158 replies...............)
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To: 4rcane
they need to hurry it up. Can’t wait for all batteries/tesla like cars on our road. No more reliances on foreign oil. We could just produce electricity locally using cheap gas/oil/coal/nuclear

OK, I'll bite. Why would you burn oil to charge a cars battery, instead of using it for gasoline? If its for the novelty, why not use the electricty to run giant fans on the highways that will blow along sail powered cars? ;-)

19 posted on 07/10/2014 10:49:56 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Kartographer

That’s gotta hurt.


20 posted on 07/10/2014 10:53:17 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Red Badger

Doesn’t that disturb all the little sand critters living under the surface?


21 posted on 07/10/2014 10:56:42 AM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: eartrumpet

The sieve is pretty coarse, and it doesn’t go more than a couple of inches down. Plus we don’t have a lot of critters living in the sand between the high tide mark and the water like the Atlantic does.......................


22 posted on 07/10/2014 11:23:12 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,759 threads and 85,158 replies...............)
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To: eartrumpet

23 posted on 07/10/2014 11:24:16 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,759 threads and 85,158 replies...............)
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To: SampleMan

I’ve read that more efficient to generate electricity at larger scale using oil than using internal combustion engine in cars. Kinda like, its more efficient to generate electricity using coal at power stations than generating electricity at home using coal


24 posted on 07/10/2014 11:45:06 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: bluedogpdx

Alkalines leak, even people that don’t use batteries much, should use rechargeables to protect their electronics.


25 posted on 07/10/2014 12:17:44 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: shove_it

A couple months ago I bought a sandbox for my toddler granddaughters to play in. Filled it with three bags of sand. Fifty pound bags. With 150 pounds of sand, that sandbox isn’t moving anywhere. The kids are managing to lift buckets of it and spill it everywhere.


26 posted on 07/10/2014 12:23:52 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: centurion316
Save the sand crabs! Save the sand crabs!

-PJ

27 posted on 07/10/2014 12:30:50 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: centurion316

LOL! So sadly true.


28 posted on 07/10/2014 12:32:54 PM PDT by lonevoice (Life is short. Make fun of it.)
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To: 4rcane
I've read the opposite. You have to look at all efficiency loss in the system. If you burned straight crude at the power plant, you might be right, as distilling gasoline from crude takes a lot of energy in and of itself.

If you are using diesel/fuel oil to run large generators or heat steam for turbines, then I'm very skeptical that it could be more efficient than directly using it in a vehicle engine.

29 posted on 07/10/2014 12:44:10 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: ansel12

Yeah, I have not had any rechargeables leak on me the way alkalines do.

And I guess alkalines still sell because they’re cheaper and maybe because recharging is too complicated for lots of people.


30 posted on 07/11/2014 6:59:47 AM PDT by bluedogpdx
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To: bluedogpdx

Even if a badly abused rechargeable did leak, which is extremely rare, it supposedly leaves only a white powdery residue which can be brushed away and which doesn’t ruin the electronics.

I had too many alkalines leak and ruin things to continue using them, and now with rechargeables holding a charge for up to 5 years when sitting in the drawer between charges, and with better flashlights and electronics being built to run better and longer using them instead of the alkalines, which have a different electric release profile, people need to make the switch.


31 posted on 07/11/2014 11:03:22 AM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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