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  • Drivers and impacts of climate change

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  • Li electrodeposition is a fundamental process in Li metal batteries and its reversibility is crucial for battery operation. The authors investigate the effects of stack pressure on Li deposition and associated processes and discuss strategies for achieving dense Li deposits and practical Li metal batteries.

    • Chengcheng Fang
    • Bingyu Lu
    • Ying Shirley Meng
    Article
  • Major shifts in the structure, the levels and the locations of energy use were observed during COVID-19 lockdowns. However, uncertainty remains about the persistence and thus the long-term effects of these changes on the energy system. Kikstra et al. now present various energy scenarios that build on observed changes in energy use to achieve a low-emission global future.

    • Jarmo S. Kikstra
    • Adriano Vinca
    • Keywan Riahi
    Article
  • The dominance of gasoline vehicles in the automotive market has been attributed to techno-economic factors, though the role of infrastructure development remains understudied. Taalbi and Nielsen quantify the impact of rates of highway and electricity infrastructure development in the technology choice in the early automotive industry

    • Josef Taalbi
    • Hana Nielsen
    Article
  • Urea oxidation could be a lower-energy alternative to water oxidation in hydrogen-producing electrolysers, but improved catalysts are required to facilitate the reaction. Geng et al. report nickel ferrocyanide as a promising catalyst and suggest that it operates via a different pathway to that of previous materials.

    • Shi-Kui Geng
    • Yao Zheng
    • Shi-Zhang Qiao
    Article
  • There are racial and wealth disparities in the adoption of distributed solar energy, although the potential for infrastructure limits to exacerbate these disparities is not well understood. Brockway et al. estimate the potential impact of grid infrastructure limitations on the adoption of distributed energy resources by demographic groups in California.

    • Anna M. Brockway
    • Jennifer Conde
    • Duncan Callaway
    Article
    • Electrolytes are a major bottleneck in the development of solid-state batteries. Now, a molecularly engineered cellulose electrolyte is reported to have high ionic conductivity and excellent compatibility with electrodes, offering promise for high-performance solid-state batteries.

      • Sang-Young Lee
      News & Views
    • Irreversibility is one of the biggest obstacles in realizing practical Li-metal batteries. This Review surveys the trends in Coulombic efficiency (CE)—a reversibility indicator—reported for Li-metal batteries over the last five decades, abstracts key CE descriptors and analyses promising strategies to improve CE.

      • Gustavo M. Hobold
      • Jeffrey Lopez
      • Betar M. Gallant
      Review Article
    • When thinking of career progression, community-building is often overlooked in academia. Derya Baran discusses how creating strong and cross-disciplinary relationships is pivotal to flourish in your career.

      • Derya Baran
      Viewpoint
    • Creating a gender-inclusive environment is of the utmost importance in scientific research. Zakya Kafafi and Mónica Lira-Cantú talk about how their initiative, Women in Renewable Energy, promotes a stronger presence of female scientists at conferences and in the workplace.

      • Zakya Kafafi
      • Mónica Lira-Cantú
      Viewpoint
  • Silicon has around ten times the specific capacity of graphite but its application as an anode in post-lithium-ion batteries presents huge challenges. After decades of development, silicon-based batteries are now on the verge of large-scale commercial success.

    • Yi Cui
    Tales of Invention
  • The financial sector relies on climate risk assessments that overlook uncertainties. COP26 provides a platform for regulators to agree on acceptable risk tolerances, as the science of asset climate risk matures.

    Editorial
  • As increasingly complex and optimized energy systems prepare to cope with a variety of risks including climate shocks and extreme weather events, a myopic focus on economic efficiency can significantly jeopardize critical energy services.

    • Andrew S. Jin
    • Benjamin D. Trump
    • Igor Linkov
    Comment
  • Nancy Ryan Gray, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Gordon Research Conferences (GRC), talks to Nature Energy about her career and The GRC Power Hour, a forum for discussions about inclusivity within the scientific community.

    • James Gallagher
    Q&A
  • As the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow nears, calls for politicians to heed the warnings on climate change increase. We talked to Atte Harjanne, a member of parliament in Finland, to hear how some politicians are trying to incorporate scientific findings in their decisions.

    • Fouad Khan
    Q&A
  • Almost 30 years since the inception of lithium-ion batteries, lithium–nickel–manganese–cobalt oxides are becoming the favoured cathode type in automobile batteries. Their success lies primarily with their superior energy density relative to lithium–cobalt oxide, lithium–manganese oxide and lithium–iron phosphate electrodes.

    • Michael M. Thackeray
    • Khalil Amine
    Tales of Invention
5th anniversary

5th anniversary

The January 2021 issue marks the 5th anniversary of the launch of Nature Energy.
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