pubblicato da Hill & Wang Inc.,U.S.
Did you know that the tools that have become integral to your life - your laptop, iPod, and mobile phone - are all powered by lithium batteries? Chances are you've got some lithium on your person right now. The third element on the periodic table may also hold the key to an environmentally sustainable, oil independent future. From electric cars to a 'smart' power grid that can actually store electricity, letting us harness the powers of the sun and wind and use them when we need them, lithium - a metal found only in some of the most uninhabitable places on Earth - is setting us on a path toward a carbon-free future. It's also shifting the geopolitical chessboard in profound ways. In this illuminating, entertaining, and timely book, the science reporter Seth Fletcher takes us on a fascinating journey, from the salt flats of Bolivia to the labs of MIT and Stanford, from the turmoil at GM to cutting-edge lithium-ion battery start-ups, introducing us to the key players and ideas in an industry with the power to reshape the world. Lithium is the thread that ties together many key stories of our time: the environmental movement; the American auto industry, betting it all on the electrification of cars and trucks; the struggle between first-world countries in need of natural resources and the countries where those resources are found; and, finally, a foundering American economy, desperately searching for a green-tech boom to revive it.
Fletcher makes a good case that the electric-car trend may soon be able to shed its dubious reputation as a public-private hybrid and roll under its own power. --Ronald Bailey, The Wall Street Journal There's never a dull page as Mr. Fletcher slaloms through the science, the business deals and the political pitfalls. --Don Sherman, The New York Times Bottled Lightning is a gripping introduction to this sophisticated technology and its place in our society. --Bruno Scrosati, Nature A well-written, smart and--when Fletcher gets rolling in the last quarter of the book--rollicking story. --Steve LeVine, Foreign Policy [Fletcher] follows lithium from the South American salt flats where most lithium minerals are mined to the labs of General Motors, tracing its journey from obscure metal to one of the most sought-after resources on earth--and perhaps the centerpiece of the automotive future. -- Discover Fletcher captivatingly explains just how significant lithium may become in satisfying the industrial world's insatiable energy needs and, ultimately, reducing its dependence on oil . . . An informative and timely read. --Carl Hays, Booklist [Fletcher] provides an entertaining, surprisingly eventful history of human efforts to harness energy in the form of battery power . . . A fine, readable work of popular science. -- Kirkus Reviews Balances science and history with a closeup look at business practices and priorities, providing lucid and thorough coverage of a timely topic. -- Publishers Weekly Bottled Lightning jumpstarts the electric-car story with one of the key players of the story--batteries--and does it brilliantly. The more you know, the more you're ready. --Chris Paine, director, Revenge of the Electric Car and Who Killed the Electric Car? To move from our present energy predicament the most vexing challenge is transportation--in short, to find a convenient, safe, portable energy source that packs as much energy per kilogram