Liquid metal battery inventor questions #Lithium-ion as grid-scale storage solution
Grid-scale storage to be feasible, the solution would have to be low cost and have a long service life, which Sadoway asserted was likely to make #Lithium-ion batteries unsuitable in the longer term. “Lithium-ion batteries were developed for portable applications . . . and while they are currently being deployed for large-scale applications, there is no record of the behaviour of these batteries in deep-discharge over long periods of time.”
By contrast, the liquid metal battery draws its inspiration from the large-scale industrial process of #Aluminum smelting, with the Ambri technology conceptualised as a way of holding rather than consuming electricity, as would be the case during the smelting process, and release the electricity on demand.