Energy storage and batteries

In this collection, we explore energy storage and battery research, covering innovative battery chemistries, materials design, device fabrication techniques, solutions to transition to clean energy, and applications including electric vehicles, grid-scale energy storage, and portable electronics.


Battery research

Building better batteries


The next generation of battery technologies might pack significantly more power into the electric cars and mobile devices of the future. James Mitchell Crow reports

World map lithium resources

The lithium rush


Move over, gold; lithium is now the metal in global demand. Kit Chapman untangles the global politics around the sought-after resource

Battery illustration

The long-term energy storage challenge


In a renewably powered future, how will the grid cope when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing? Rachel Brazil looks at the options

A close-up of a green battery charging icon on a dark phone screen

The elements of energy storage


Chemistry is a key component of clean energy

Metals recycled from electric car batteries

Battery recyclers race to increase capacity and efficiency


As battery demand grows, recycling needs to capture more of the valuable resources in each cell