Aluminium air batteries for easy recycling Creative Commons, Attribution alone (BY)
Authors: Jožef Stefan Institute
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The purpose of the practical is to form a galvanic couple (battery) from aluminium and steel/copper. Aluminium can be recycled, so the use of aluminium increases for various applications, including the production of batteries (i.e., air batteries). They produce electricity from the reaction of oxygen in the air with aluminium. They also have one of the highest energy densities of all batteries.

To understand the mechanism of such batteries, we will perform battery galvanic coupling of two different metals presenting an anode and a cathode. The reduction reaction and the anode oxidation reaction take place on the cathode. This is an electrochemical process where the anode dissolves. The galvanic process is also comparable with the corrosion process, which is always carried out on two pole, cathodic and anodic parts. At anodic part, the metal dissolves; oxidation takes place, while hydroxide ions are released on the cathode as water is reduced.

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