IM Lithium News in Brief 27 May – 2 June

By Josie Shillito
Published: Tuesday, 02 June 2015

Li-ion battery technology is finding its way into the skies and under our seas with a solar-powered plane navigating between China and Hawaii, and a lithium battery-powered submarine under development. As demand increases for the battery technology, transportation restrictions by air continue to be hotly debated. The Rechargeable Battery Association has made the argument that passenger plane bans of lithium batteries will make it harder to ship batteries needed urgently in medical devices.

First a ferry and a tank, now planes and submarines. This week, a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery and solar-powered plane set off on the longest leg of its round-the-world journey, crossing the Pacific Ocean between China and Hawaii. The Solar Impulse II (Si2) aircraft is operated by Swiss engineer Andre Borschberg...

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