Akira Yoshino

The Nobel Prize, Exxon & The Beginning Of A Battery Revolution

It would be hard to think of any technology more critical to today’s technological wonders than the lithium-ion battery, which is found in everything from tiny hearing aids to giant power plants. Three pioneers of our “rechargeable world” — John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino — have now won a well-deserved Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work in developing lithium-ion energy storage technology (as reported by Bloomberg).

Lithium-Ion Battery Pioneer Akira Yoshino Says Self-Driving Taxis Will Need Tougher Batteries

One of the pioneers in the development of lithium-ion battery development — Akira Yoshino, the inventor of a prototype lithium-ion battery back in 1985 — was recently publicly quoted as saying that if autonomous vehicles are going to be deployed so as to allow for nearly constant short-range use (taxis, etc.), then batteries will have to become a lot tougher.