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Solid-state batteries, artificial photosynthesis lead Japan's energy R&D

Drive to achieve scale in both technologies to continue in 2023

Toyota Motor aims to commercialize solid-state batteries by 2025, starting with hybrid vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Toyota)

TOKYO -- Solid-state batteries and artificial photosynthesis are two of the biggest themes in energy technology right now, with the potential to contribute to a global effort to build carbon-neutral economies, Japanese engineers say.

When it comes to powering electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries are approaching their limits in terms of performance, according to some scientists.

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