Lithium batteries were introduced relatively recently in comparison to lead- or nickel-based batteries, which have been around for over 100 years. Nevertheless, in the space of 20 years, they have acquired a considerable market share particularly for the supply of mobile devices.
Christian Glaize is Professor at the University of Montpellier, France. He is also Researcher in the Materials and Energy Group (GEM) of the Institute for Electronics (IES), France. Sylvie Genies is a project manager at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (Commissariat a l Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives) in Grenoble, France.