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Energy Storage Energy storage in 2020: Where is the industry headed?

| Author / Editor: Luke James / Erika Granath

Although lithium-ion has long since been hailed as the future of advanced batteries, the technology has several limitations and flaws that have encouraged manufacturers and researchers to consider alternatives as the world sits on the verge of a power revolution.

Highview Power and Encore Renewable Energy have announced plans to jointly develop the first long duration, liquid-air energy storage system in the United States. To be located in northern Vermont, the new facility will supply a minimum of 50 MW over a period of at least 8 hours.
Highview Power and Encore Renewable Energy have announced plans to jointly develop the first long duration, liquid-air energy storage system in the United States. To be located in northern Vermont, the new facility will supply a minimum of 50 MW over a period of at least 8 hours.
(Source: Highview Power )

Lithium-ion batteries are responsible for the power behind your smartphone, laptop, and virtually any rechargeable device you own—automobiles like the Tesla even rely on them.

Despite its widespread use and its incredible history of success, however, lithium-ion batteries are not perfect. From high-profile fires to the rising cost of lithium, there are many reasons why experts are scrambling to find a safer, more efficient, and less expensive substance to power tomorrow's electronics.