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A Review of Model-Based Design Tools for Metal-Air Batteries

by Simon Clark 1,2, Arnulf Latz 1,2,3 and Birger Horstmann 1,2,*
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German Aerospace Center (DLR), Pfaffenwaldring 38-40, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
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Helmholtz Institute, Ulm University (UUlm), Helmholtzstr 11, 89081 Ulm, Germany
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Institute for Electrochemistry, Ulm University (UUlm), Albert-Einstein-Allee 47, 89081 Ulm, Germany
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Batteries 2018, 4(1), 5; https://doi.org/10.3390/batteries4010005
Received: 8 December 2017 / Revised: 17 January 2018 / Accepted: 19 January 2018 / Published: 29 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Post-Lithium Ion Batteries)
The advent of large-scale renewable energy generation and electric mobility is driving a growing need for new electrochemical energy storage systems. Metal-air batteries, particularly zinc-air, are a promising technology that could help address this need. While experimental research is essential, it can also be expensive and time consuming. The utilization of well-developed theory-based models can improve researchers’ understanding of complex electrochemical systems, guide development, and more efficiently utilize experimental resources. In this paper, we review the current state of metal-air batteries and the modeling methods that can be implemented to advance their development. Microscopic and macroscopic modeling methods are discussed with a focus on continuum modeling derived from non-equilibrium thermodynamics. An applied example of zinc-air battery engineering is presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: metal-air; zinc-air; modeling; simulation; computational chemistry metal-air; zinc-air; modeling; simulation; computational chemistry
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Clark, S.; Latz, A.; Horstmann, B. A Review of Model-Based Design Tools for Metal-Air Batteries. Batteries 2018, 4, 5.

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