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Hey folks just watched this



And wow, if this is legit it could be the game changer that alt energy needs. One of the biggest hang ups slowing down alt energy has been battery tech. While still a bit early to know if the claims are going to pan out, considering who is making them it is hard not to believe it. He is not some crack pot or hoaxer but one of the pioneers of battery tech.

Still though the community is pretty skeptical as it flies in the face of all they think is true. It should not work but not only is it claimed to work but work better than traditional batteries.

Here is a decent article that goes more in depth than the video. Though it focuses skeptics side of the story and why they are skeptical
https://qz.com/929794/has-lithium-battery-genius-john-goodenough-done-it-again-colleagues-are-skeptical/

Here is an article where Goodenough responds to some of the skeptic arguments though it is not exhaustive or point by point refuting of skeptic arguments.
http://www.computerworld.com/article/3183670/computer-hardware/inventor-of-new-lithium-ion-battery-responds-to-skepticism.html

Interestingly this was actually published in late Feb, but took this long to hit the media in a meaningful way. This is the original article from the University of Texas at Austin announcing the breakthrough.
https://news.utexas.edu/2017/02/28/goodenough-introduces-new-battery-technology
 
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I really hope he is right. Lithium has issues as it's not that common where as Sodium is found all over not least in table salt . Although metallic Sodium has issues as well it can explode in contact with water for starters
Added bonus Mr Musk and his billion dollar battery factory will look a bit silly
 
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"Added bonus Mr Musk and his billion dollar battery factory will look a bit silly" hahahaha, yes I had actually thought when reading about this how much it might end up hurting the whole power wall thing Musk is doing. I completely forgot the battery factory. He might be smart to talk to Goodenough and ask about converting the battery factory into producing these. I doubt he will, but that would be the smart thing to do. It could jump start production of these and save Musk from loosing out due to this discovery.

I suspect it might take awhile for these new batteries to actually be proven as viable (if they are) and for production to be started and a commercial product to be available. I suspect these will be 1st seen as phone and laptop batteries, and the bigger options for electric cars and alt energy will come later.

We might still have 5-10 years before these make it to the consumer level. Still though, it is hopeful and awesome if this pans out. Since we really do need this leap forward in battery tech to help make alt energy more accessible.
 
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Wow!  Thanks.
 
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Glad you enjoyed the info Joel. It is pretty exciting news. Batteries have long been the weak link in alt energy systems. So hopefully this pans out and we get a much better battery system available for alt energy systems.
 
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I know it isn't the same technology but there are already sodium batteries commercially available. They are expensive and large but they will improve over time. It might take a decade or two but I think battery Technology will reach the point that renewable energy will go mainstream.

For me the most important aspect of this is freedom from the grid and the ability to be truly energy independent both at home and for transportation.
 
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https://www.altestore.com/store/deep-cycle-batteries/saltwater-batteries-c1260/
 
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In the "what goes around, comes around" department, we recently were visited by a 95 year-old who grew up in our home that was built in 1915.  He described the powering of the farm via a Delco Light Plant which apparently are collector's items today:  http://delcolight.com/20.html

We still have (and use) some of the early drop-lights that were installed in the home with the cloth insulation.  As you can imagine, the breaker box is a mish-mash of old and new.
 
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