According to a release from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, old tires could prove beneficial in upgrading lithium-ion batteries that are used to power plug-in vehicles.
“By modifying the microstructural characteristics of carbon black, a substance recovered from discarded tires, a team led by Parans Paranthaman and Amit Naskar is developing a better anode for lithium-ion batteries,” the ORNL release stated.
“An anode is a negatively charged electrode used as a host for storing lithium during charging.”
The work by ORNL researchers is published in the journal RSC Advances. The lab said the new method has many potential advantages over the conventional methods for making anodes for the lithium-ion batteries.
Graphic by Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Here’s a link to the ORNL release.
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