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22 Sep

Battery of sulfur tests to improve software development

Software developers require the right tools along the road to success. The latest Consumer Product Safety Commission lithium-ion battery related recall spreads further concern, even for new companies and software developers. The positive and negative transfer in the latest tech news moves to strike lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries by reconnecting the salt of chemistry and better battery engineering.

Professor Clare Grey offers insight, via ITPRO, on the "oxidized cathode-anode" dangers. One of University of Cambridge's brightest, Professor Grey defines the "short-circuit" as the "driving force" behind various past and recent lithium-ion battery malfunctions and/or explosions. During the short-circuit an area connecting both cathode and anode faces melting thus generating and building heat until the battery itself can overheat beyond limits it was designed to maintain, possibly resulting in an explosion.

Not what hard-working software enthusiasts want to experience when they are knee-deep in development.

OXIS Energy is confident of their safer and lighter lithium sulfur battery, a battery with "theoretical energy density 5 times greater" than the lithium-ion battery used in products today. Traveling software developers will be comforted in knowing more information on lithium sulfur chemistry for use in applications can be explored at the Lithium Sulfur: Mechanism, Modelling and Materials conference scheduled for April 2017 (IET Savoy Place, London).

Techs have been patiently awaiting the upcoming level of engineering to resolve the lithium-ion issues as they grow in lithium sulfur interest. Exploding lithium-ion woes could give lithium sulfur batteries their day in the sun. Competition is ripe as the race for consumer trust sweetens the deal.

Rechargeable battery diversions are a waste of valuable development time.

The lithium-ion concept has been the battery gate-keeper for over 40 years, long before Samsung smartphones. Sony first commercially used lithium-ion batteries in 1991. Over a decade later, from 2004-2006 as viewed in C&EN, Dell recalled a number of lithium-ion products due to explosive issues in lithium-ion batteries (manufactured by Sony). Multiple companies, including Sony, recalled lithium-ion batteries during 2006.  Sony now predicts a lithium sulfur battery introduction within their products by 2020.

The future of lithium-ion batteries short-circuit every time another one catches flame resulting in nothing new. But what is new is the evolving alternative that continues to come into play -- the lithium sulfur battery.

On June 20, 2016 Nano Letters published a promising lithium sulfur battery outlook thanks to the genius minds in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland. Nanotechnology at its finest.

More about the play and less about the player, chemists and engineers strategically maneuver lithium sulfur batteries to prove the highest performance overall. Yet there may be trouble in lithium sulfur paradise when it comes to the solid use cycle. Many agree with PNNL, lithium sulfur may become the better choice over the lithium-ion battery's pressurization and flammable electrolyte, cost and weight. The problem found with lithium sulfur batteries comes down to the salt of the matter. Salt can make or break a lengthy cycle duration depending on the amount. Succeeding that avenue could force lithium sulfur battery competitors to explode in better battery technology.

All in all, the latest in technology can improve a workforce as software developers keeps one eye on lithium-ion and another on lithium sulfur knowing that their work relies on today's tools, including the best in production and growth.  Which brings us to Folio1.

The professionals at Folio1 covers a wide range of software and system needs and/or requirements to better a company foundation and drive. For it is better to explore those with the right tools than burning out on all the wrong tools.

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