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Title: A manganese–hydrogen battery with potential for grid-scale energy storage

Abstract

Batteries including lithium-ion, lead–acid, redox-flow and liquid-metal batteries show promise for grid-scale storage, but they are still far from meeting the grid's storage needs such as low cost, long cycle life, reliable safety and reasonable energy density for cost and footprint reduction. Here, we report a rechargeable manganese–hydrogen battery, where the cathode is cycled between soluble Mn 2+ and solid MnO 2 with a two-electron reaction, and the anode is cycled between H 2 gas and H 2O through well-known catalytic reactions of hydrogen evolution and oxidation. This battery chemistry exhibits a discharge voltage of ~1.3 V, a rate capability of 100 mA cm –2 (36 s of discharge) and a lifetime of more than 10,000 cycles without decay. We achieve a gravimetric energy density of ~139 Wh kg –1 (volumetric energy density of ~210 Wh l –1), with the theoretical gravimetric energy density of ~174 Wh kg –1 (volumetric energy density of ~263 Wh l –1) in a 4 M MnSO 4 electrolyte. In conclusion, the manganese–hydrogen battery involves low-cost abundant materials and has the potential to be scaled up for large-scale energy storage.

Authors:
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  1. Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States)
  2. Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Key Lab of Nanosystem and Hierarchy Fabrication, Beijing (China)
  3. Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
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Research Org.:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1461183
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-76SF00515
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Energy
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 3; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 2058-7546
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
25 ENERGY STORAGE

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Chen, Wei, Li, Guodong, Pei, Allen, Li, Yuzhang, Liao, Lei, Wang, Hongxia, Wan, Jiayu, Liang, Zheng, Chen, Guangxu, Zhang, Hao, Wang, Jiangyan, and Cui, Yi. A manganese–hydrogen battery with potential for grid-scale energy storage. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1038/s41560-018-0147-7.
Chen, Wei, Li, Guodong, Pei, Allen, Li, Yuzhang, Liao, Lei, Wang, Hongxia, Wan, Jiayu, Liang, Zheng, Chen, Guangxu, Zhang, Hao, Wang, Jiangyan, & Cui, Yi. A manganese–hydrogen battery with potential for grid-scale energy storage. United States. doi:10.1038/s41560-018-0147-7.
Chen, Wei, Li, Guodong, Pei, Allen, Li, Yuzhang, Liao, Lei, Wang, Hongxia, Wan, Jiayu, Liang, Zheng, Chen, Guangxu, Zhang, Hao, Wang, Jiangyan, and Cui, Yi. Mon . "A manganese–hydrogen battery with potential for grid-scale energy storage". United States. doi:10.1038/s41560-018-0147-7. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1461183.
@article{osti_1461183,
title = {A manganese–hydrogen battery with potential for grid-scale energy storage},
author = {Chen, Wei and Li, Guodong and Pei, Allen and Li, Yuzhang and Liao, Lei and Wang, Hongxia and Wan, Jiayu and Liang, Zheng and Chen, Guangxu and Zhang, Hao and Wang, Jiangyan and Cui, Yi},
abstractNote = {Batteries including lithium-ion, lead–acid, redox-flow and liquid-metal batteries show promise for grid-scale storage, but they are still far from meeting the grid's storage needs such as low cost, long cycle life, reliable safety and reasonable energy density for cost and footprint reduction. Here, we report a rechargeable manganese–hydrogen battery, where the cathode is cycled between soluble Mn2+ and solid MnO2 with a two-electron reaction, and the anode is cycled between H2 gas and H2O through well-known catalytic reactions of hydrogen evolution and oxidation. This battery chemistry exhibits a discharge voltage of ~1.3 V, a rate capability of 100 mA cm–2 (36 s of discharge) and a lifetime of more than 10,000 cycles without decay. We achieve a gravimetric energy density of ~139 Wh kg–1 (volumetric energy density of ~210 Wh l–1), with the theoretical gravimetric energy density of ~174 Wh kg–1 (volumetric energy density of ~263 Wh l–1) in a 4 M MnSO4 electrolyte. In conclusion, the manganese–hydrogen battery involves low-cost abundant materials and has the potential to be scaled up for large-scale energy storage.},
doi = {10.1038/s41560-018-0147-7},
journal = {Nature Energy},
number = 5,
volume = 3,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {4}
}

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