A new type of battery that is safe, efficient, and non-toxic could soon be available, thanks to a joint research project by Australian and Chinese scientists.

Researchers, from Flinders University in South Australia and Zhejiang Sci-Tech University in China, have developed the world’s first aqueous aluminum radical battery, which uses water-based electrolytes instead of hazardous materials. The battery can deliver a stable voltage output of 1.25 V and a capacity of 110 mAh g–1 over 800 cycles with minimal degradation.

The findings have been published in the prestigious Journal of American Chemistry, the flagship journal of the American Chemical Society.

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