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By Shane Lasley
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Vanadium strengths go beyond alloys

Critical Minerals Alliances 2022 - September 12, 2022

 

Last updated 9/20/2022 at 4:35am

Vials showing the colors of vanadium in four states of oxidation.

W. Oelen; Creative Commons 3.0

Four oxidization states of vanadium in an aqueous solution. Vanadium flow batteries take advantage of the multiple valence states of vanadium to store and release electrical energy, instead of separate anode and cathode elements.

Flow batteries a major potential future use of alloying metal

Vanadium, a metal best known for its role in making extremely tough steel used in tools and auto parts, is emerging as a metal that could allay shortages of lithium, nickel, and other ingredients needed for the batteries powering electric vehicles. While vanadium flow batteries will not be powering EVs anytime soon, this tec...



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