Power of Tomorrow’s Futuristic battery is beyond words. Not only greener batteries that are environment friendly are in row to be launched in future but also batteries that are produced using aluminum production process is also ready to enter the market arena.
Over about 8 battery projects that will bring about new dimension to the vehicles of tomorrow are being worked upon. Thanks to Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy who is funding these projects that will pave new roads to the batteries of tomorrow.
The very first project is MIT’s electroville grid scale batteries, which are community scale electricity storage device that uses materials and battery design inspired by aluminum production process known as smelting. These batteries are economical, earth abundant and are made from domestically available materials. Moreover these batteries are more scalable and can be easily resized as per the changing needs of local communities.
Next in queue of the project, are the 24M lithium battery aka semisolid electrodes which vouch to be environment friendly and economical. This battery works in the same manner in tune to Li-lon battery except here the energy storage material is held in external tanks so that the storage capacity is not restricted by the battery size. The result is cost effective and energy dense batteries that enhance the driving range of EVs.
Next project that is much talked about is the rechargeable lithium batteries. These batteries will breathe in air from the atmosphere which can be regarded as the active material in the battery. The lithium air will store approximately 700 percent as much energy as the traditional Li-Ion ones.
United technologies research centre’s break through flow battery cell stack wherein flow battery is developed with a unique design that provides significantly more power than today’s flow battery systems. The aim of this project is to achieve battery with the power of 10 times higher than the today’s flow batteries. The benefit of high power is the size of the cell stack is smaller thus reducing the amount of expensive materials needed.
Candenza’s low cost and electric vehicle battery uses a novel configuration that allows for double energy density through the use of multi functional pack design which enables flexible placement of battery packs to absorb and control impact energy in the event of collision.
Solid Power’s liquid free cells store more energy for their size and weight, but use non flammable and non volatile materials that have constant high temperatures and this in turn provides improved safety in the event of collision or fire. Also this battery makes use of low cost, abundant materials that could reduce battery manufacturing costs, to help drive down the cost of EVs
New class of low cost rechargeable batteries developed by Xilectric uses domestically abundant and environment friendly materials such as aluminum, magnesium as its active components. This design is easy to manufacture and has longer life span than most batteries of today.
The ongoing research by Stanford University of the project- Multi functional battery Chassis systems will enable the companies to integrate batteries into structure of electric vehicles thereby reducing weight and enhancing the range. This method is safe and it achieves the great efficiency in terms of energy storage
All the above projects would definitely power next generation electric vehicles to new heights.