Prof. Stefano Passerini & Hyein Moon © Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT

Sustainable energy storage is the central motivation behind the research project “Transition”, which has just been launched to develop environmentally friendly, high-performance and cost-effective sodium ion batteries. The markets for electric mobility and stationary energy storage will grow significantly in the course of the energy revolution. Accordingly, they require more energy-efficient and more powerful storage technologies. Lithium-ion batteries are still regarded as one of the greatest successes for energy storage applications of the last century. Their advantage: lithium-ion batteries are lightweight, compact and offer outstanding energy and power density. They thus dominate the market for portable electronics, hybrid and electric vehicles. But they are not uncontroversial:

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Author profile picture Almut Otto is a writer and has over 30 years of know-how in the communications industry. She learned the trade of journalism from scratch in a daily newspaper and in a special interest magazine. After studying communication sciences in Munich, she worked as an international PR manager in the textile, shoe, outdoor and IT industries for a long time. For some years now, she has been concentrating more on her journalistic background. As a passionate outdoor and water sports enthusiast - her hobbies include windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP boarding, sailing and snowboarding - she is particularly interested in keeping the oceans clean and shaping a sustainable future. In addition, she is always fascinated by the latest developments from the world's hardware and software laboratories.