Download Epub Format ↠´ Bottled Lightning PDF by ↠´ Seth Fletcher This book covers a lot of bases The development of electric cars technical and political , the history of super batteries leading to the current lithium ion technology, the interdependence of the auto and battery industries, and a look into the future of battery development The book is a quick read, and not overly technical However, your understanding will be enhanced if you remember some of your high school chemistry Bottled Lightning was published in 2011, so I need to do some on line research to see what further progress has been made in the last seven years.
A solid book, the author visited with battery manufacturers, car companies, research labs and traveled to Bolivia and Chile to research this book It left me optomistic regarding the future of electric vehicles and our ability to overcome the technical hurdles.
BatteriesEach cell in a battery has a negative electrode anode and a positive electrode cathode separated by a liquid or solid called the electrolyte A group of one or cells connected together is called a battery originally, batteries were not rechargeable, but some recent batteries are rechargeable the nickel cadmium and nickel metal hydride batteries Two problems with these batteries are a they lose energy capacity when not fully run down prior to charging, and b they lose charge when not in use During the 1990s a new kind of rechargeable battery was developed that did not suffer from these problems It is called the lithium ion battery, and is the main subject of this book Exxon Research and EngineeringWhile at Exxon Research and Eng Starts with the invention of the battery and the hundreds of different chemicals that have been investigated as constituents and proceeds through the many iterations of the electric car that have so far failed Fletcher then explains why lithium batteries are superior to prior versions and looks into the current research into the batteries that may one day be able to compete with the convenience of gas powered engines He finishes the book with a description of the current status of the lithium extraction industry in Chile and Bolivia This is a nice, readable introduction to the technology and economics that have conspired to make electric cars untenable in the past and what s changing right now.
Nothing symbolizes the greatness of America than the road trip When I was a kid in the 1970s I went on road trips family style disfunctional family style at least each summer My brother and I would travel cross country to Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri either with our biological father in his Econoline van or with my step father and mother in our Dodge Ramcharger Each trip was an adventure, stops to go swimming, tubeing, bicycling, camping, fishing, to see ball games, amusement parks, go cart and water parks, visit distant relatives, eat bologna sandwiches with Pringles and slurp 7 ups on the side of the road By 1984 I got my own driver s license and began road tripping with friends, to state parks, county fairs, R.
M concerts, to the Iowa border where a friend knew of a dive strip club that let 18 year olds in, to the Wisconsin border to buy fireworks, to
This was an interesting book, but I was hoping to read less about cars and about lithium.
I read this book back in High School Nearly 8 years later here I am remembering it I think the book initially caught my interest because of the documentary who killed the electric car The documentary was very eye opening as it shed light on how bureaucracy, corporate interests, and red tape can hold back human technological advancement Not to advocate for Ayn Rand, both this book and the doc I mentioned go into detail into personal stories of real people all involved in the modern history of the electric car I must warn you, some of this stuff is a bit out dated now I remember the book implored for the electric car to become the car of today instead of the car of tomorrow Crazy how in less than 10 years, how much Bottled Lightningis a fascinating story on the development of the electric car The book starts of by talking about the development of the electric car from the begining its name and while it was a concept to the latest electric cars It mainly focuses on one specific part of the electric car, the battery It focuuses heavaliy on the battery for very long due to being a fundumental and problemental part of the electric car While talking about the battery it goes very in depth into its history and how it works I would recomend this book to anyone looking into electric cars to get a better understanding The book is very informational and portrays its information in 2 ways It protrays its information either by a history lesson or an indepth analysis Overall its a very good book.
The most powerful piece of the book is the last few pages where Fletcher describes the successful roll outs of the Volt and Leaf Then he tries to bring it all back home by channeling Secty of Energy Chu as a country we have ceased to be the global industrial leader and have allowed the cleantech industries solar, wind, batteries, basic energy research among others to be taken over by the Chinese We are not leaders, we are consumers In Fletcher s words If another country leads that indust The Sleek Electronic Tools That Have Become So Ubiquitous Laptops, IPods, EReaders, And Smart Phones Are All Powered By Lithium Batteries Chances Are You Ve Got Some Lithium On Your Person Right Now But Aside From Powering A Mobile Twenty First Century Lifestyle, The Third Element On The Periodic Table 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 The Wind And Use Them When We Need Them, Lithium A Metal Half As Dense As Water, Created In The First Minutes After The Big Bang And Found Primarily In Some Of The Most Uninhabitable Places On Earth Is The Key To Setting Us On A Path Toward A Low Carbon Energy Future It S Also Shifting The Geopolitical Chessboard In Profound WaysIn Bottled Lightning, The Science Reporter Seth Fletcher Takes Us On A Fascinating Journey, From The Salt Flats Of Bolivia To The Labs Of MIT And Stanford, From The Turmoil At GM To Cutting Edge Lithium Ion Battery Start Ups, Introducing Us To The Key Players And Ideas In An Industry With The Power To Reshape The World Lithium Is The Thread That Ties Together Many Key Stories Of Our Time The Environmental Movement The American Auto Industry, Staking Its Revival On The Electrification Of Cars And Trucks The Struggle Between First World Countries In Need Of Natural Resources And The Impoverished Countries Where Those Resources Are Found And The Overwhelming Popularity Of The Portable, Internet Connected Gadgets That Are Changing The Way We Communicate With Nearly Limitless Possibilities, The Promise Of Lithium Offers New Hope To A Foundering American Economy Desperately Searching For A Green Tech Boom To Revive It