International Business Machines Corp on Wednesday said it has come up with a new battery technology that uses materials extracted from seawater and requires no cobalt, as the race to find alternative sources to the expensive mineral intensifies.

IBM said it has partnered with the research wing of Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz, battery electrolyte supplier Central Glass, and battery manufacturer Sidus for the commercial development of the new design.

This unique battery has shown the potential to surpass existing lithium ion batteries in the following ways:
- Lower cost materials: Free of cobalt, nickel, and other expensive heavy metals with sourcing
- Faster charging: Less than five minutes required to reach an 80 percent state of charge (SOC),
without compromising specific discharge capacity.
- High power density: More than 10,000 W/L (exceeding the power level that lithium ion battery
technology can achieve).
- High energy density: More than 800 Wh/L, comparable to the state-of-art lithium ion battery.
- Low flammability of electrolytes

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