Whilst the current focus is on batteries the next generation of cheaper, safer products is already in development, including sodium ion, magnesium ion, potassium ion and other products. Tin, its alloys and compounds are prominent candidates for materials in some of these, and a growing number of developments including tin are noted. Although performance of some prototypes already exceeds commercial lithium ion products, it is likely that such products will find their own market space and indeed some are already being used in niche markets.

Potassium-ion batteries: another new frontier for tin?

Potassium-ion batteries: another new frontier for tin?

Potassium-ion batteries (KIBs) could be an attractive alternative to lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries, but instability and flammability issues have so far held back progress. Now, four teams of scientists have released cutting edge research showing how tin...

Tin stabilises zinc-ion alternative to lithium-ion batteries

Tin stabilises zinc-ion alternative to lithium-ion batteries

Scientists from Zhejiang University, China and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a metallic tin coating for zinc anodes that increases the stability and lifetime of zinc-ion batteries. The batteries, which have a water-based electrolyte, may offer a...

Tin foil breakthrough for sodium ion batteries

Tin foil breakthrough for sodium ion batteries

A Shenzhen investment company has patented a breakthrough invention using tin foil as an electrode for next generation sodium-ion batteries. Sodium-ion is widely seen as a future challenge to lithium-ion in several large-scale applications.   Shenzhen Shenke...

Tin Phosphide layers ideal for sodium-ion batteries

Tin Phosphide layers ideal for sodium-ion batteries

Researchers have been discovering that layers in the crystal structure of tin phosphide make it an ideal electrode for sodium-ion batteries. Sodium ion batteries work similarly to lithium-ion batteries by using electrode materials that can absorb and store sodium...

Tin makes solid state sodium-ion battery super conductive

Tin makes solid state sodium-ion battery super conductive

Scientists at Pennsylvania State and Pacific Northwest universities in the US have developed a super conductive material for solid state sodium ion batteries using tin. The new material is based on the sodium-phosphorus-sulphur family of solid electrolytes, similar to...