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Electrochemical Power Sources: Fundamentals, Systems, and Applications - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444643339

Electrochemical Power Sources: Fundamentals, Systems, and Applications

1st Edition

Metal–Air Batteries: Present and Perspectives

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Editors: Hajime Arai Jurgen Garche Luis Colmenares
Paperback ISBN: 9780444643339
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st September 2020
Page Count: 262
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Metal-air is a promising battery system that uses inexpensive metals for its negative electrode while unlimited, free and non-toxic oxygen is used for its positive electrode, however, only primary systems have been commercialized so far. Electrochemical Power Sources: Fundamentals, Systems, and Applications – Metal–Air Batteries: Present and Perspectives offers a comprehensive understanding of metal-air batteries as well as the solutions to the issues for overcoming the related difficulties of the secondary (rechargeable) system. Although metal-air batteries are widely studied as low-cost high-energy systems, their commercialization is limited to primary ones due to currently limited cycle life and insufficient reliability. For realization of the secondary systems, this book offers comprehensive understanding of metal-air batteries, including the details of both electrodes, electrolyte, cell/system, modelling and applications.

Electrochemical Power Sources: Fundamentals, Systems, and Applications – Metal–Air Batteries: Present and Perspectives provides researchers, instructors, and students in electrochemistry, material science and environmental science; industry workers in cell manufacturing; and government officials in energy, environmental, power supply, and transportation with a valuable resource covering the most important topics of metal-air batteries and their uses.

Key Features

  • Outlines the general characteristics of metal-air compared with conventional batteries
  • Offers a comprehensive understanding of various metal-air, featuring zinc, and lithium
  • Contains comparisons and issues among various metal-air batteries and research efforts to solve them
  • Includes applications and market prospects


Researchers, instructors, and students in electrochemistry, materials science and environmental science; cell manufacturers; government officials in energy, environmental protection, power regulation, and transportation

Table of Contents

1. Introduction – General features of Metal–Air Batteries
2. Components for Metal–Air Batteries
3. Primary Zinc–Air Batteries
4. Alternative Chemistries in Metal–Air Batteries 
5. Secondary Zinc–Air Batteries - Electrically Rechargeable
6. Secondary Zinc–Air Batteries - Mechanically Rechargeable
7. Secondary Lithium– and Other Alkali– Air Batteries
8. Alternative Chemistries in Secondary Metal–Air Batteries 
9. Model and Simulation
10. Applications and Markets


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About the Editors

Hajime Arai

Hajime Arai is a professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama, Japan. He has 30 years of experience in battery including metal-air and solid oxide fuel cells and battery analysis using synchrotron beamlines.

Affiliations and Expertise

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama, Japan

Jurgen Garche

Jurgen Garche

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Garche has more than 40 years of experience in battery and fuel cell research & development. In his academic career the focus was on material research. Thereafter, he worked on and directed cell and system development of conventional (LAB, NiCd, NiMH) and advanced (Li-Ion, NaNiCl2, Redox-Flow) batteries. His experience includes also fuel cells (mainly low temperature FCs) and supercaps. He established the battery & FC division of the ZSW in Ulm (Germany), an industry related R&D institute with about 100 scientists and technicians. His interest in battery safety goes back to the work with the very large battery safety testing center of the ZSW. In 2004 he founded the FC&Battery consulting office FCBAT; furthermore he is a senior professor at Ulm University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Fuel Cell and Battery Consulting, Ulm, Germany

Luis Colmenares

Luis C. Colmenares is an R&D professional at CIDETEC Energy Storage, Gipuzcoa, Spain. He has more than 15 years of experience in material R&D for fuel cells, electrolyzers, and metal-air batteries, particularly zinc-based

Affiliations and Expertise

CIDETEC Energy Storage, Gipuzcoa, Spain

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