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Salty, subterranean water could relieve world’s lithium shortage

Today’s lithium mines can't hope to meet skyrocketing demand. Startups like Lilac Solutions and Vulcan Energy Resources have leaped into action with new, more efficient lithium extraction processes

Lithium-silicon batteries get vote of confidence with Sila’s Mercedes deal

Sila's deal to produce automotive-scale battery materials suggests that the startup has solved lithium-silicon's Achilles' heel.

Electric Mercedes G-Class will go the distance with Sila’s energy-dense silicon anodes

Sila says its silicon anode material can boost energy density by 20% to 40% over existing cells.

Ballooning US EV registrations raise opportunities for startups

Surging EV adoption is certain to drive even more opportunities for startups to capitalize on the sector's growth.

Can carbon capture startup Carbon Clean deliver on its cost claims?

If it can hit its promised targets, Carbon Clean could offer hard-to-decarbonize industries a pathway to net zero.

Investors reward battery startup SES for losing money (but not too much)

While R&D work continues on its lithium-metal technology, an increasing amount of SES' cash is going toward building facilities in the ramp up to commercial production.

Battery startups are working to disrupt more than just cars and trucks

Startups no longer have to pretend that they’re going to be the Next Big Thing in electrified mobility -- they can acknowledge that they have far more potential to disrupt other parts of the economy

Lithium-ion recycler Li-Cycle lands $200 million to power future EVs

Metals and fossil fuels behemoth Glencore is pumping $200 million into battery recycler Li-Cycle as part of a larger, symbiotic supply deal inked by the two firms. Under the new agreement, the Swiss m

Batteries have become VC and PE’s most electric investment opportunity

Five years ago, battery startups attracted important but not transformative investments. But money began pouring in toward the end of 2020. What changed?

Porsche joins $400M bet on lithium-silicon batteries to juice up future EVs

Porsche has read the room. With its first electric vehicle now outselling the quintessential 911 sports car, the German automaker is responding by upping its bet on EVs, in part via a hefty investment

Exclusive look at patent filings reveals Our Next Energy’s plans for a no-compromise EV battery pack

TechCrunch reviewed ONE’s patent applications and has an exclusive look at how the company plans to merge different battery types into a pack that’s twice as energy dense as what’s in today’s

Charged with billions in capital, meet the 9 startups developing tomorrow’s batteries today

Today’s batteries are better in every respect than those made five years ago, but they still leave much to be desired. What’s needed are some breakthroughs.