Stanford: The ultrathin copper sensor is deposited atop a conventional battery separator (white square) as part of an early warning system to alert users that a lithium-ion battery is overheating.
Still under the radar screens of the majority of investors the new mega trend is emerging. Unbearable air pollution, largest auto-market in the world and electric cars are making China the battle ground for this new industrial rEvolution. China has announced the war on pollution and moves very fast into Wind, Solar and Gas energy generation.
Lithium technology is developing very fast these days to meet the requirements for auto-industry. Stanford researches are making another very important step to make lithium batteries safer. Tesla Motors demonstrates what electric cars can deliver and matches McLaren F1 in acceleration from 0 to 60 in 3.2s.
Now all these developments, including Tesla Gigafactory and LG Chem Megafactory in Nanjing should bring electric cars for the mass market. Places like China cannot sustain "the normal mobility" any more. It is the question of survival in the urban centres in China now. Electric cars provides this groundbreaking opportunity.
China has escalated electric cars to the status of strategic industry and is building the supply chain of Strategic Commodities for the electric cars, mobile devices and alternative energy. LG Chem has announced its own Megafactory in China to produce 100,000 lithium batteries for electric cars per year. International Lithium becomes the part of the vertically integrated lithium business in the huge market in China with its strategic partner Ganfeng Lithium. Read more."