The Battery Blarney Duo are joined by industry experts Al Warner and Dan Lambert to discuss lead acid, lithium, nickel cadmium and other prominent battery chemistries and their proper applications. They discuss the pros and cons of these popular chemistries as well as the prospect of other interesting options, like that of zinc manganese.
The discussion revolves around selecting the best battery for a given application and how some outdated technology might be reimagined to better suit present-day requirements. With roughly 150 years of industry experience on this episode alone, it’s safe to say there are a lot of insights to gain from listening to these four battery veterans.
16:47 – Most of these lithium battery fires have occurred because people did not have good fire suppression to take care of the external flame source.
30:42 – The problem we have with most people is they think lithium is a one size fits all. It’s not. It cannot fit all of the applications.
33:59 – Through the years, there have literally been millions of dollars invested into the development of the nickel zinc technology.
35:41 – The other technology I was alluding to is zinc manganese dioxide. It’s kind of the other end of the scale. It’s a zinc battery, very similar to the zinc manganese primary cells.
46:18 – The real key here to energy storage as we move forward is going to be, and is rapidly becoming kind of a focal point for everybody, is the sustainability of the technology. And some of these old technologies – yeah, they’re old. They weren’t really, shall we say, manipulated or commercialized, basically, because the technology at the time of the invention was, to our way of looking at it, very rudimentary. We have much better technology now and as modern science looks at these things, they can see massive improvements that can be made.