What you need to know about aluminum valence-dampening lithium-ion batteries
In a move that could see batteries that use the metal undergo a radical redesign, Panasonic has developed a new type of lithium-air battery that is far safer than current batteries and will make lithium-sulfur batteries more appealing to consumers.
The company has announced plans to launch the new battery, dubbed Alphas, in the first half of 2017.
Panasonic says the batteries will have a much smaller footprint than existing batteries, allowing them to be used in mobile devices and in some low-power, low-cost batteries.
The battery is made of a material called Alphas that is very strong.
It can be used as a high-voltage battery, meaning it can be charged with an external power source such as a laptop battery or solar panel.
Alphas are also lighter than lithium-metal batteries and can store much more energy than current lithium-based batteries, which can store up to 80 percent of the energy they consume.
“The Alphas battery offers a much safer alternative to lithium-cadmium batteries, and is expected to provide a significant reduction in the energy consumption of the current lithium battery,” said Kenichi Yamada, vice president of marketing for Panasonic Electronics Japan.
Panasonic claims that Alphas can store about 20 percent less energy than the existing lithium-as-a-battery (Li-SABA) technology.
This is important because batteries are currently used in vehicles and some other applications that rely on energy stored in batteries.
Currently, the energy that is stored in lithium-SABAs is stored by the battery’s electrodes.
The electrodes need to be very close to each other to prevent overheating and damage to the battery.
A new battery that uses Alphas will allow for a more stable and more efficient battery.
The new battery uses lithium-doped aluminum to help it store more energy, and Panasonic says that the new aluminum will provide the best electrical and mechanical properties of any material used in a lithium-aerosol battery.
“Our goal is to increase the energy density of our battery by 100 percent, which is a major challenge,” said Yasunori Yamamoto, president of Panasonic Power Power Technology.
“This is the first step towards achieving that goal.”
Alphas won’t replace Li-SABs in any applications, but they will be used on mobile devices in the future.
Yamamoto said Panasonic will use the aluminum to reduce the cost of the battery, and he said that the batteries can also be used for stationary power generation.
“We expect Alphas to have a huge impact on the electric vehicle market,” said Yoshio Takayama, director of Panasonic’s Power Technology division.
“With the increase in electric vehicle sales and the increasing demand for energy storage, the market is getting flooded with batteries.”
Alges, however, is not the only new battery to make an impact in the electric car market.
Last month, Tesla announced that it will use Alphas in its electric vehicles, but the company said it will not replace LiD batteries that it makes and sells.
Takayami said that Tesla will continue to make Alphas for a long time to come, but that the company is planning to release a lithium battery that will be much safer than its current Alphas.