Batteries for the energy and mobility transition

A book co-edited by ITAS scientists offers a new, holistic perspective on the field of emerging battery technologies – from innovative materials and recycling methods to sustainability and potential markets.
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Rechargeable batteries are ubiquitous – from smartphones to cars and to large battery systems that keep the power grid stable. However, the sustainability of this booming market is questioned again and again. Especially the energy-intensive cell production, the high demand for scarce resources, or the restricted recyclability are subjects of discussion.

This is where a new open access anthology co-edited by ITAS researchers Manuel Baumann and Marcel Weil comes into play. Based on different disciplinary perspectives, the international authors explore the question of how batteries can contribute to a more climate-friendly society and what new concepts are needed to achieve this.

Technology, environmental impacts, resources, costs, and social effects

The focus is on the analysis of relevant technological developments and their applications in the context of the energy transition as well as their potential environmental impacts, resource requirements, and social effects. Methodological progress in the field of sustainability assessment will be addressed alongside the question of how battery systems could meet the future demand for energy storage. All these aspects will be analyzed both at the micro level (i.e., for the specific technology) and the macro level, i.e., from a systemic perspective.

The editors want to address a broad audience with this book. On the one hand, it is intended for readers who are interested in electrochemistry, electrical grids, and energy system analysis. On the other hand, it is also aimed at people who are concerned with questions of sustainability and societal challenges related to the transformation of the energy system. (04.03.2024)

Bibliographic data:

Passerini, Stefano; Barelli, Linda; Baumann, Manuel; Peters, Jens; Weil, Marcel (Eds.)
Emerging Battery Technologies to Boost the Clean Energy Transition. Cost, Sustainability, and Performance Analysis. Cham: Springer, 2024, 340 p., ISBN: 978-3-031-48358-5 
(The Materials Research Society Series)
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