JoelTaylor September 11, 2017 11:42 AM Higher voltage is nice, but what's it's energy density? Kpar September 11, 2017 12:32 PM I have been told that use of salt in water as an electrolyte (in plating operations) has a distinct risk of the release of chlorine gas. What is the answer to that in this application? CoachFerg September 11, 2017 03:25 PM For more than 25 years I have read about the next big battery breakthrough. It always ends with an estimation of the arrival of this new battery technology to the clamoring public. Yet, the result never holds up to the promise.I realize that there are hurdles to trying to improve energy density. I also realize, that reality often steps in to foil the most enthusiastic developer of new technology. But I do grow tired of predictions based on the very thinnest empirical evidence. I would rather they said that they have many things to overcome before production can begin. If they can deliver in five years, then that's great. However, if not, then they look like overly optimistic fools who cannot deliver what they promise. Fretting Freddy the Ferret pressing the Fret September 11, 2017 04:54 PM Cheap, scalable technology that delivers high performance is the key here. Fail to deliver on any of the above mentioned and it will not make it to the mass consumer market. Of course, that is a simplified picture.Battery technology has many aspects to it, some of which were already mentioned. Consider the number of charge/discharge cycles before it degrades, toxicity of materials used, chemical stability, energy density, power density, and the list goes on. noteugene September 12, 2017 07:07 PM And yet another battery breakthrough. Yeah right. Jim Parker September 15, 2017 08:05 PM I don't know if Nick wrote the headline, but "fails to fire" sounds like "fails" to me. This looks like promising research, with a headline that failed to be clever. JimFox October 11, 2017 01:42 PM inside 5 years I am optimistic that a different technology will render this obsolete; the Toshiba battery has been used in EV's since 2007. "We will continue to improve the battery's performance and aim to put the next-generation SCiBTM into practical application in fiscal year 2019."http://newatlas.com/toshiba-scib-battery-triple-range/51667/ Towerman January 27, 2019 04:43 AM i'll never put a salt battery into my device, this idea was doomed from the start. Towerman January 27, 2019 04:45 AM @CoachFerg There are many breakthroughs, most choked by big oil, not because it is not possible. Towerman January 27, 2019 04:47 AM @JimFoxIndeed.