Key to Cheaper Lithium Ion Batteries Could Be Inside the Microwave

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Researchers at UT Austin have devised a new way to create lithium iron phosphate-the compound inside high-density Li-ion batteries being developed for cars and power tools-that uses microwaves to cut costs. The new method requires lower temperatures (300° C rather than 700°) and less time to fabricate the phosphate via the nuking process-just like throwing that Tombstone in the m-wave rather than the oven. The tech probably won't trickle down into laptop batteries, which use a lithium cobalt oxide that isn't capable of the quick bursts of current needed to get something like the Chevy Volt rolling. All the better to crash your Tesla with. [Technology Review]

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Here's my re-written version of the post:

Researchers at UT Austin have devised a new way to create lithium iron phosphate by using microwaves to cut costs. Lithium iron phosphate is the compound inside high-density Li-ion batteries that are used for cars and power tools. The new method requires lower temperatures and less time because of the nuking process, a similar process to throwing that Tombstone in the m-wave rather than the oven. This is different from your laptop battery, which uses lithium cobalt oxide and isn't capable of the quick bursts of current needed to get something like the Chevy Volt rolling. All the better to crash your Tesla with. [Technology Review]