Originally posted by sonhouse
This is got to be good news in the short term but I still predict the days of lithium-ion batteries are numbered.
That is because it is just a matter of time before one or more of the following 4 types of battery would be fully developed to be ultra-efficient that all have a theoretical maximum energy density far greater than that of lithium-ion batteries:
Each of the above, no matter how well developed in the future, will always have its own advantages and disadvantages over the remaining 3 (which I will be glad to explain here on request if anyone is interested ) thus making it difficult to predict which ones out of this 4 will pan out in the long run. But, I can guarantee by process of elimination systematically going through the whole of the periodic table and doing the maths with Gibbs function as well as taking into account economic considerations that at least one
or the 4 if not more will pan out and become the main batteries of choice for most purposes in the very long run.
I can also guarantee that lithium-ion batteries will be nowhere to be seen in the far future as there is no theoretical/hypothetical situation I can think of where at least one of the 4 types above will outperform and be better in every way to lithium-ion batteries in the far future.