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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