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Fletcher, Seth, 1979-
Bottled lightning : superbatteries, electric cars, and the new lithium economy / Seth Fletcher
Alternate Title Superbatteries, electric cars, and the new lithium economy
1st ed
New York : Hill and Wang, c2011
book jacket
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 4th Floor  TK2945.L58 F58 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Lithium cells
Lithium ions
Lithium industry
Electric automobiles
Electronic industries
Physical Description 260 p. : map ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [237]-240) and index
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1.The Electricians -- 2.False Start -- 3.The Wireless Revolution -- 4.Reviving the Electric Car -- 5.The Blank Spot at the Heart of the Car -- 6.The Lithium Wars -- 7.The Brink -- 8.The Stimulus -- 9.The Prospectors -- 10.The Lithium Triangle -- 11.The Goal
Summary "An exploration of the rise of lithium batteries and the implications of the new energy economy"--Provided by publisher
The tools that have become so ubiquitous--laptops, iPods, and cell phones--are all powered by lithium batteries. This element may also hold the key to an environmentally sustainable, oil-independent future. From electric cars to a "smart" power grid that can actually store electricity, letting us harness the powers of the sun and wind and use them when we need them, lithium--found primarily in some of the most uninhabitable places on Earth--is key to the path toward a carbon-free future. It's also shifting the geopolitical chessboard in profound ways. Science reporter Seth Fletcher takes us on a journey from the salt flats of Bolivia to the labs of MIT and Stanford, introducing us to the key players and ideas in an industry with the power to reshape the world. Lithium ties together many key stories of our time: the environmental movement, the American auto industry, the struggle between first-world countries in need of natural resources and the countries where those resources are found, and a foundering American economy, desperately searching for a green-tech boom.--From publisher description

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