Nobel Winner Yoshino Stresses Importance of Batteries

Science Society Technology

Stockholm, Dec. 8 (Jiji Press)--Japanese scientist Akira Yoshino, one of the three winners of this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry, on Sunday stressed the importance of batteries to realize a sustainable society.

"Innovation all around will enable a sustainable society to be achieved very soon," Yoshino, 71, said in his Nobel lecture at Stockholm University in the Swedish capital.

Batteries "will play a central role," added Yoshino, honorary fellow of Japanese chemical maker Asahi Kasei Corp. <3407>.

Yoshino, John Goodenough, 97, and Stanley Whittingham, 77, won the prize for the development of lithium-ion batteries.

Yoshino gave his lecture, titled "Brief History and Future of Lithium-ion Batteries," after the two cowinners. He explained how the batteries were developed and how they contribute to efforts to resolve environmental problems.

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