Stanford University in the US and the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan have come together and created a long-lasting, fast-charging battery from aluminum.
These aluminum ion batteries, first seen at this year’s All Energy event in Glasgow, could take the place of lead-acid batteries by 2018, containing all of the same functions with lower costs and more accessible material.
What really sets the new battery design apart from its predecessors is its ability to undergo thousands of charging periods without its efficiency being noticeably affected, as well as its impressive heat resistance in even the most extreme situations. To achieve these feats, the battery is made with a combination of refined aluminum, aluminum salt electrolyte gel, and full-coverage graphite. Its composition and features make it very versatile.
Currently, the well-crafted aluminum battery has an energy capability of 40kWh/kg, which is expected to double as Stanford University and the Industrial Technology Research Institute make improvements. These batteries can already be used in many small commercial items, but advancements will increase its popularity for bigger tasks.
With its extended lifespan, decreased production price, short charging time and more, this aluminum battery could be a great option for the future. Advancements can only make it a more attractive contender.