Sodium-ion battery power bank operational in east China

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A sodium-ion battery power storage plant has been put into operation in east China's Jiangsu Province, the Institute of Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said Tuesday.

The plant, co-developed by the institute and tech firm HiNa Battery, has a storage capacity of 100 KWh. It has successfully delivered electricity to a research center affiliated to the institute.

Sodium-ion batteries are a type of rechargeable metal-ion battery that uses sodium ions as charge carriers. They are more cost-effective, light-weight, durable and safe, compared with lithium-ion batteries.

The energy storage plant works like a battery charger, storing power during low consumption hours and delivering electricity during peak hours, according to experts with the institute. 

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