Graphene Could Kill Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-Ion Batteries

Don’t break out the widow’s weeds just yet, but it looks like momentum is building for energy storage to move past the lithium-ion batteries phase and get into the more powerful territory of lithium-sulfur technology.


Lithium-sulphur batteries could take over the Lithium-ion batteries

The race to create the Elderado of batteries that will save our planet is truly on. Since the beginning of the year many new contenders have come forward.

The latest next one in line is the more powerful area of the Lithium-Sulphur (Li-S) batteries. A huge breakthrough in this technology has seen the use of “wonder material” graphene, which will be used as a bridge between the different components of the batteries.

Li-S contains a much higher energy density that the lithium-Ion counterpart and the breakthrough will come when the technology can be put into use by developing a commercial battery model. This will send a shudder down the spines of the Lithium-Ion Batteries manufacturers, such as Tesla cars, who at this very moment are building a giant factory to produce Lithium-Ion Batteries UK on a grand scale.

Zinc-poly iodide flow batteries know as redox flow batteries

Many new types of creations to help the planet achieve a greener future are now coming into fruition. PNNL have been working on a new type of battery known as the “redox flow battery”. This battery will also be a competitor to the Li-on batteries.

It will have great advantages over the Lithium-Ion Batteries ; one of them will be the fact that the battery contains no acids and can operate at much lower temperatures, eliminating the need for expensive equipment to cool the batteries down as used on the Li-in power trains. The new type of battery will at first be known as the “zinc-poly iodide flow” batteries.

Nano Flow batteries are also here.

Another contender in the fight for the battery future is the “Nano flow battery”, which has already been fitted into a road car by the Nano FLOW CELL AG (NFC) Company in Lichtenstein a small principality in Europe. The car can now legally drive on the roads and is very snazzy looking; the name of the model is the “QUANTe”.

We also have many other technologies that are in development, including the Hydrogen car developments, taken up in Japan by Toyota and Honda. With more and more car companies trying to gain a foothold in the market place by building cars that are zero emissions. This will, as I have predicted,  give the auto industry a very interesting future and it will be interesting to see if any one player will eventually become the winner, and could it be the end for cheap car batteries online.


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Lithium-Sulfur Battery Race Heats Up For Faster Charging and Dis-Charging of Electric Car Batteries

Lithium-Sulfur Battery

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are hot on the trail of a lithium-sulfur battery that packs four times the punch of conventional lithium-ion batteries.


eric roberts‘s insight:

Is the Lithium-Ion battery under threat from the Lithium-Sulfur battery?

A battery has been developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratoryone of the USA owned Department of energy scientific facilities (ORNL for short).

Lithium-Sulfur Battery

With the advent of the Lithium-sulphur battery, cars like this will charge and discharge at much faster rates.

This new battery has been developed using a chemical that we all know as sulphur, which is a very abundant and low costing material. The new battery has been tested as having at least four times the energy density as the new one that now powers many of our electric products the Lithium-Ion Batteries.

Scientists at the ORNL facility have been able to use new types of sulfur rich materials and were then able to join the new type sulfur cathode with a lithium anode together with a solid electrolyte material to produce an energy dense solid type. Because the scientists have used sulfur the resulting product is much safer and more cost effective that the lithium-Ion batteries in use at the moment, considered a great breakthrough.

The sulphur that is used is a waste product from the petro-chemical industry and so is almost free of charge. This makes it possible to re-cycle a waste product (sulphur) into a useful new battery.

The new batteries are not on the market just yet, but a patent has been applied for and it is thought that this excellent new invention will be available for commercial purposes in the near future.

One of the problems that the scientists have come across, is that Lithium-Sulfur Battery compounds can leak out from where they should be, which causes the batteries charge to deteriorate. The researchers set out to find it a possibility to restrain these escaping compounds.

To get round the problem, the scientists have  made very small, hollowed shells out of a type of carbon, which will conduct the element. The researchers then coated them with a film of polymer to help keep the Li-S compounds inside.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.


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