ESTONIA - Replace Lithium, Cobalt, and Nickel with Peat?

Arno Froese

Peat, plentiful in bogs in northern Europe, could be used to make sodium-ion batteries cheaply for use in electric vehicles, scientists at an Estonian university say.

Sodium-ion batteries, which do not contain relatively costly lithium, cobalt or nickel, are one of the new technologies that battery makers are looking at as they seek alternatives to the dominant lithium-ion model.

Scientists at Estonia’s Tartu University say they have found a way to use peat in sodium-ion batteries, which reduces the overall cost, although the technology is still in its infancy.

“Peat is a very cheap raw material—it doesn’t cost anything, really,” says Enn Lust, head of the Institute of Chemistry at the university.

Sodium-ion batteries using peat will need to prove they are commercially viable and can be scaled up, Lukasz Bednarski, a market analyst and the author of a book on batteries, told Reuters.

China’s CATL in July became the first major automotive battery maker to unveil a sodium-ion battery.

“I think that companies will increasingly try to commercialize the sodium-ion battery, especially after the CATL announcement,” said Bednarski., 13 October 2021

Arno's Commentary

Estonia, a member of the European Union with a population of 1.2 million, has reached the rather remarkable per capita GDP of $36,927.

While Estonia’s import and export balance remains relatively equal, it is of interest how diverse the countries of import are: Russia 12%, Germany 10%, Finland 9%, Lithuania 7%, Latvia 7%, Sweden 6%, Poland 6%, China 6%. This too shows us how even small nations are totally integrated in the global economy.

Will the peat battery succeed? Time will tell. As the article notes, China is already ahead in that development. Based on history, we may safely assume it will be successful.

Speaking of batteries and energy for the future, we have this admonition in Hebrews 4:16: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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