IBM is using seawater to make its new batteries

IBM has revealed that it has created a new battery design that uses materials extracted from seawater as opposed to cobalt as the mineral is in now in high demand from the electric vehicle market.

The software giant partnered with the research wing of Mercedes-Benz, the battery electrolyte supplier Central Glass and the battery manufacturer Sidus to help with the commercial development of the new design.

However, according to vice president at IBM Research, Jeff Welser, the first working prototype of the new battery won’t arrive for at least a year or so and the company may not necessarily end up making a product using the design.
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