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Front. Energy Res., 29 March 2021 |

Editorial: Energy Storage Systems Beyond Li-Ion Intercalation Chemistry

  • 1Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, School of Engineering and Digital Sciences, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
  • 2National Laboratory Astana, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
  • 3Harbin Engineering University, China
  • 4University of British Columbia Okanagan, Canada
  • 5University of Toronto, Canada

Ecological and energy issues brought green energy production and low/zero-emission transportation to the front of emerging and rapidly developing areas of industry. Booming development and miniaturization of consumer electronics and communication devices are the critical paths of the recent technological progress supporting our social sustainability. The technologies in these crucial areas of sustainable development rely on the availability of high-performance energy storage/power source devices, and rechargeable batteries are the best options available now. Although the current leader of the market, lithium-ion batteries, provide the most advanced operation among other batteries, they cannot satisfy the ever-growing performance requirements of the emerging technologies in terms of safety, cost, and stable performance. Therefore, alternative battery technologies—“beyond lithium-ion” batteries were proposed and are rapidly developed. This Research Topic covers some areas of such emerging systems. The works published in the Research Topic includes technical and review papers in the areas of advanced electrode and electrolytes and the development of special interlayers to enhance the performance of the batteries, operating with both organic and aqueous electrolytes. Along with this, the Topic includes a paper that discusses the compromise between technology sustainability and maximization of electric performance, which the Editors considered as an essential topic to discuss when choosing the best option to power advanced and growing applications.

Author Contributions

All authors listed have made a substantial, direct, and intellectual contribution to the work and approved it for publication.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.

Keywords: beyond Li-ion, rechargeable batteries, energy storage (batteries), next generation batteries, alternative battery technologies

Citation: Bakenov Z, Zhu K, Liu J and Yadegari H (2021) Editorial: Energy Storage Systems Beyond Li-Ion Intercalation Chemistry. Front. Energy Res. 9:658875. doi: 10.3389/fenrg.2021.658875

Received: 26 January 2021; Accepted: 09 February 2021;
Published: 29 March 2021.

Edited and reviewed by:

Jonghyun Park, Missouri University of Science and Technology, United States

Copyright © 2021 Bakenov, Zhu, Liu and Yadegari. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

*Correspondence: Zhumabay Bakenov,

These authors have contributed equally to this work