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Diesel-addicted remote communities hope to receive 'holy grail' of energy storage

In Sandy Lake, Ontario (population 2,650), the diesel fuel that powers this remote community a thousand miles northwest of Toronto costs around $9 a gallon. And even then, in its harsh northern climate, it provides electricity only some of the time. So the community is looking for alternatives, and a Canadian mining company thinks it has found one in a new battery using the little-known metal vanadium.

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