Research on the development of aluminum-air batteries which will be used in energy efficient, economical electric vehicles is reviewed with information on the research strategy, performance characteristics of aluminum-air cells, vehicle design, and the net energy required and energy costs for producing and operating Al-air batteries. The aluminum-air battery is being developed to provide a propulsion source for a general-purpose electric vehicle that has the acceleration, range, and rapid-refueling characteristics of current automobiles. The objective is petroleum conservation in a time frame in which synthetic liquids will enter large scale production. Two parallel development paths are being pursued. These involve hardware developments using model electrodes, and research directed toward cost-effective electrodes. The project is currently directed toward developing rapidly-refuelable single cells. Successful development of battery hardware and electrodes would make possible a general-purpose vehicle with costs and energy consumption similar to advanced ICE vehicles using fuels synthesized from coal, but with the advantages of a broad primary energy base and an emissionless vehicle. (ERA citation 06:014138)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Electric and hybrid vehicle advanced technology seminar, Pasadena, CA, USA, 8 Dec 1980.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Livermore

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Livermore, CA  United States  94550

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • COOPER, J F
    • Behrin, E
  • Publication Date: 1980-12

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  • Pagination: 21 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00337341
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CONF-801242-3
  • Contract Numbers: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM