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Japan's Yoshino wins Nobel for lithium-ion battery breakthrough

Light but powerful cells fuel modern tech revolution and support renewables

Akira Yoshino talks with reporters in Tokyo after winning the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Oct. 9. (Photo by Kento Awashima)

TOKYO -- The 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to Japanese researcher Akira Yoshino and American researchers John B. Goodenough and M. Stanley Whittingham for their development of lithium-ion batteries, helping to create a "rechargeable world," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Wednesday.

The technology has allowed for the creation of compact yet powerful batteries that are crucial to many modern innovations, including smartphones and electric vehicles, and could become the key to broader adoption of renewable energy.

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