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The Latest: Winner calls lithium-ion batteries indispensable

SeattlePI.com Wednesday, 9 October 2019 ()
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the Nobel Prizes (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Nobel chemistry prize winner Akira Yoshino said lithium-ion batteries are indispensable for creating a low-carbon society powered by renewable energies so the world can reduce its carbon emissions.

Electric vehicles carrying lithium-ion batteries can be used as electricity storage, and can help promote sustainable use of solar-generated power and other energy sources, such as wind power.

He said lithium-ion batteries are crucial for electric vehicles and but they go much further.

He said, "When electric vehicles are more widely used, they create giant power storages and help promote solar and wind power generation, which tends to be unstable. It contributes to a better environment."

Yoshino said, "We must create a society where electricity is generated by renewables in order to resolve the climate change problem."

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2:50 p.m.

Akira Yoshino says his Nobel Prize co-recipient John B. Goodenough is like his father.

He praised the American scientist for continuing research despite his old age — Goodenough is now 97.

Yoshino, who is 71, said the two scientists have developed a friendship over the years through their research, and that he has visited Goodenough in Texas almost every year.

Now they are more than just research partners. "For him, I'm like his son. He takes very good care of me."

The two scientists were awarded the Nobel chemistry prize on Wednesday along with fellow researcher M. Stanley Whittingham, 77.

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1:45 p.m.

John B. Goodenough one of the winners of this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry together for his work leading to the development of lithium-ion batteries, is the oldest ever recipient of the...
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