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It's make-or-break time for A123 Systems (AONE), according to Automotive News' Dustin Walsh. If...

It's make-or-break time for A123 Systems (AONE), according to Automotive News' Dustin Walsh. If the hype from the firm is correct over its lithium-ion battery that can deliver 10X the life of traditional lead acid batteries and withstand temperature extremes, then it's a game-changer. But without additional funding or a slew of new contracts, the naysayers may be proven correct. Shares of AONE +9.1% after aides with Obama make positive comments about fuel cell technology.
Comments (7)
  • What do lithium-ion batteries have to do with fuel cells? It's all Obama hype...
    20 Jun 2012, 11:23 AM Reply Like
  • This sounds exactly like a last gasp hope for a government handout.
    20 Jun 2012, 11:34 AM Reply Like
  • Fuel cells generate power based on the quality and pressure of the gas in the exchanger. It's a lot easier to control the power through a secondary battery than trying to change the pressure of the gas dynamically.


    So yes, fuel cells need secondary batteries.
    20 Jun 2012, 12:49 PM Reply Like
  • The question whether there is enough time and corresponding funding for AONE to make the new technology commercial. Right now bookings are not good, and they haven't offered any forecast on how the nanophosphate EXT will contribute whatsoever.
    20 Jun 2012, 01:26 PM Reply Like
  • Hello all you naysayers,


    Please check this out. Using Graphene improves battery performance, they have built a 5x prototype, but it has a low recycle life, around 150. So there is more work to be done.



    The point is things are happening thanks to nano technology.
    20 Jun 2012, 03:14 PM Reply Like
  • @Senlac - I'm not sure anyone was disputing the validity of the technology. I know I wasn't. The primary issue is time and cost. Given how much they have already burned through PRIOR to shifting to the newer tech/product, many investors will soon become more cautious. They need a clear picture on short term bookings.
    20 Jun 2012, 06:22 PM Reply Like
  • Fair enough, but this technology is still a few years off. I would not be putting up any tombstones for A123 just yet. I am a firm believer that our auto tech needs to go to electric for efficiency reasons, and also get rid of coal for the same reasons, not to forget they are also the worst polluters. A123 is certainly going to stay on top of the research they do nano tech also.


    There is a lot of research going on and not just Graphene.


    21 Jun 2012, 01:01 PM Reply Like
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