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Will hydrogen breakthrough come in the form of a better battery?

Wouldn’t it be ironic if hydrogen’s role in future transportation is not derived from its use in a fuel cell but rather, in a battery. If a recent press release is to be believed then the forthcoming YESS battery (that’s “Your Energy Storage Solution”) from an outfit called ERRA Incorporated may provide that humorous twist of H2 fate.

It appears the company is planning on launching its own electric car and has decided to re-invent the battery, specifically the nickel hydrogen (NiH2) cell similar to those used in satellites for the past 40 years. They say they have “acquired all rights and patents to a breakthrough battery technology” whose properties are said to include the ability to charge in 15 minutes, be cycled thousands of times and require no maintenance.

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