lithium-ion battery

noun

Definition of lithium-ion battery

: a rechargeable battery that uses lithium ions as the primary component of its electrolyte

Note: Lithium-ion batteries are common in portable electronic devices such as cell phones and laptop computers.

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Current lithium-ion batteries have only about 2% the energy density of liquid jet fuel, and for an airplane, huge batteries are a non-starter. Washington Post, "Why Electric-Powered Airplanes Are Headed for Takeoff," 18 Sep. 2019 The residential version is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery designed to be mounted in a garage or on the side of a house. Farai Shawn Matiashe, Quartz Africa, "Zimbabwe turns to Tesla batteries to keep its top mobile money player running as a power crisis deepens," 13 Sep. 2019 But lithium-ion batteries for the electric grid currently cost between $280 and $350 per kWh. Akshat Rathi, Quartz, "SoftBank’s first bet in energy storage is a startup that stacks concrete blocks," 14 Aug. 2019 Among the possible causes the NTSB is considering: Did lithium-ion batteries, used to power the passengers' underwater cameras, malfunction during charging and overheat? Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Investigators believe deadly California boat fire started on the second level," 5 Sep. 2019 Founded less than a decade ago, CATL has quickly become a serious challenger to Tesla, Panasonic, LG Electronics and other makers of lithium-ion batteries for electric cars. New York Times, "With a $2 Billion Factory From China, a German City Lets Others Worry," 2 Sep. 2019 It is comprised of a lithium-ion battery, regenerative braking and auto stop-start at idle. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Audi A7 Sportback: a continental grand tourer," 26 July 2019 In March, an analysis of more than 7000 global storage projects by Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported that the cost of utility-scale lithium-ion batteries had fallen by 76% since 2012, and by 35% in just the past 18 months, to $187 per MWh. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Giant batteries and cheap solar power are shoving fossil fuels off the grid," 11 July 2019 The prototype carries a 900 kWh lithium-ion battery (about nine times bigger than Tesla’s largest automotive battery). Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "The Paris Air Show sold $15 billion in planes. A $4 million electric stole the show," 22 June 2019

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1990, in the meaning defined above

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