Mag power

River D'Almeida, Ph.D
The Reading Frame
Published in
3 min readMay 28, 2024

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Magnesium batteries promise safer, more efficient, and cost-effective energy storage, revolutionizing future technology and sustainability.

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Lithium batteries have been the cornerstone of modern technology, powering everything from electric cars to smartphones. Known for their light weight and high energy capacity, lithium batteries have become essential in our daily lives. However, the growing demand for sustainable energy solutions has highlighted the need for alternatives that are more abundant, safer, and cost-effective. Now, here come magnesium batteries — a promising new player in the world of energy storage.

Why Magnesium?

Magnesium stands out as a compelling alternative to lithium. It is more plentiful and less expensive, which addresses two major concerns with lithium: cost and resource scarcity. Magnesium’s ability to store more energy per volume makes it particularly appealing for applications that require compact and efficient batteries, such as portable electronics and electric vehicles.

Safety is another critical advantage of magnesium. Unlike lithium batteries, which can overheat and potentially catch fire if damaged, magnesium batteries are inherently safer. This makes them an attractive option for a wide range of uses, from everyday gadgets to large-scale energy storage systems.

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River D'Almeida, Ph.D
The Reading Frame

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