The IBM Research Lab has revealed that it may have the solution to dependence on heavy metal-based batteries. The scientific research lab has developed a new type of battery technology that uses substances extracted from seawater, advances to Reuters.
The discovery of the IBM Research Lab may prove to be a more sustainable alternative to lithium batteries used in electric vehicles. Researchers indicate that the new type of technology can overcome them in terms of cost, charging time and energy efficiency. The battery developed from seawater substances is also less flammable and also features for use in aircraft and smart power grids.
The technology giant also revealed that it has partnered with Mercedez-Benz Research Department, Central Glass and Sidus, both in the field of electric vehicle batteries, to develop a commercial version of the new type. Battery The IBM Research Lab predicts it will have the first prototype ready within a year.
The announcement of the new technology comes at a time when battery manufacturers are struggling to reduce the cobalt content in their products. As the electric vehicle market expands, the natural resource found mostly in the Democratic Republic of Congo has become increasingly scarce.
Later this month, the NGO International Rights Advocates filed at the Washington District Court a process against Tesla, Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, and Dell Technologies representing 14 Congolese families whose children died due to a forced labor system in cobalt mines.