This report outlines a number of areas of research that are recommended for attention (in addition to areas of basic research in support of the more promising rechargeable batteries) as part of a well-rounded investigation of internal combustion engine alternatives. Specifically, the following recommendations are made: electrolytes and novel electrode structures should be investigated for lithium/sulfur batteries, and secondary lithium/sulfur dioxide cells should receive research attention; cost and life problems of air electrodes for aluminum-air batteries should be studied, together with the potential impacts of large numbers of aluminum-air powered cars on the aluminum industry infrastructure. Existing research on aluminum-air batteries might be expanded following such studies; improved materials for phosphoric acid fuel cell structures should be identified through research, as should electrolytes to improve the system start-up times and responses; and systems studies and fuel acceptability analyses for alkaline fuel cells should be conducted, and research should be directed to the solution of air electrode cost and life problems, ongoing flywheel R and D programs should be continued, but with added emphasis on continuously variable transmissions and on overall flywheel-transmission system designs. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Academy of Sciences

    Commision on Advanced Energy Storage System
    Washington, DC  United States  20418
  • Publication Date: 1982

Media Info

  • Pagination: 33 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00387069
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Energy Research Abstracts
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOE/ER/52065-T1
  • Contract Numbers: AI01-80ER52065, AT01-76CS93012
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 30 1984 12:00AM