Solid-state battery

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Solid-state battery is a battery technology that uses both solid electrodes and solid electrolytes, instead of the liquid or polymer electrolytes found in Lithium-ion or Lithium polymer batteries.[1][2]

The technology is seen as an alternative to Li-ion battery technology, which is believed to be near its full potential.[2]

History[edit]

Michael Faraday was noted as having discovered the solid electrolytes silver sulfide and lead(II) fluoride, which laid the foundation for solid state ionics.[3][4] High performance batteries are considered to be solid state ionic devices.[5]

As early as the late 1950s, there were efforts in developing a solid-state battery.[6] The first solid state batteries, which utilized silver ion conducting electrolytes, had low energy density and cell voltages, in addition to very high internal resistance.[6]

A new class of solid state electrolyte, developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the 1990s, was later incorporated into certain thin film lithium-ion batteries, which are considered to be a form of solid state battery.[7]

In 2013, researchers at University of Colorado Boulder announced the development of a solid-state lithium battery, with a solid composite cathode based upon an iron-sulfur chemistry, that promised higher energy capacity.[8]

In 2014, researchers at Sakti3 announced a solid state electrolyte lithium-ion battery, and claimed higher energy density for lower cost.[9] The company was acquired by Dyson in the following year.[10]

In 2017, John Goodenough, a co-inventor of Li-ion batteries, unveiled a new solid-state battery, using glass electrolytes and an alkali-metal anode consisting of lithium, sodium or potassium, which is not possible with conventional batteries.[11]

Materials[edit]

Many materials have been proposed for use as solid electrolytes in solid-state batteries, including ceramics,[12] glass,[11][13] and lithium sulfide,[14]

Use[edit]

Solid-state batteries have found use in pacemakers, RFID, and wearable devices.[15][16]

Advantages[edit]

Solid-state battery technology is believed to be capable of higher energy density,[17] because of their tolerance to higher temperatures, avoiding the use of materials in current batteries that may be dangerous or toxic.[18]

Since most liquid electrolytes are considered to be flammable, solid state batteries are believed to be safer. As fewer safety systems are needed, a more compact battery is possible, improving energy and power densities.[1][18]

Solid-state battery technology is also believed to allow for faster recharging for electric cars.[19][20] In addition, higher voltage and longer cycle life is possible with solid-state batteries.[18][21]

Disadvantages[edit]

Solid-state batteries are traditionally expensive to make[21] and current manufacturing processes are noted to be immune to economies of scale.[7] It was estimated in 2012 that, based on then-current technology, a 20Ah solid-state battery cell would cost US$100,000, and a high-range electric car would require 800 to 1,000 of such cells.[7] Cost is noted to be a factor that has impeded the adoption of solid-state batteries in certain areas, such as smartphones.[15]

In addition, low temperature operations may be challenging[21] and solid-state batteries were once noted for having very poor performance, making their use in rechargeable batteries impractical.[8]

Meanwhile, solid-state batteries with ceramic electrolytes require high pressure to maintain contact with the electrodes.[22] Solid-state batteries with ceramic separators may break from mechanical stress due to their rigid nature.[7]

Potential use in electric cars[edit]

Currently, hybrid and plug-in electric cars use a variety of battery technologies, including Li-ion, Nickel–metal hydride (NiMH), Lead–acid, and Electric double-layer capacitor (or ultracapacitor),[23] with many car makers adopting Li-ion technology for their EV offerings.[24] A number of car makers and other companies, however, are looking into developing or using solid-state batteries due to the advantages described above.

BMW[edit]

BMW has partnered up with a company to develop solid-state batteries.[25]

Dyson[edit]

Dyson, a company known for manufacturing household appliances, announced in 2017 that it plans to launch an electric car by 2020.[10] Two years prior to the announcement, Dyson bought Sakti3, a company researching solid-state batteries.[10]

Fisker[edit]

Fisker Automotive claims its solid-state battery technology will be ready for "automotive-grade production" in 2023.[26] The company has also filed patents on the technology.[26]

Honda[edit]

A spokesperson for Honda confirmed that the company is researching the use of solid-state batteries in electric cars.[27]

Hyundai[edit]

Hyundai Motor Company is reportedly developing solid-state batteries and has already secured a certain level of technology.[28]

NGK[edit]

NGK, a company known for spark plugs, is developing ceramic-based solid state batteries, utilizing its expertise in the area of ceramics.[29]

Nissan[edit]

Nissan is developing a solid-state battery, but specific plans by the company are unknown.[30]

Toyota[edit]

Toyota announced in 2014 its solid-state battery development efforts.[31] In 2017, the company announced the deepening of a decades-long partnership with Panasonic, which will include a collaboration on solid-state batteries.[32]

Volkswagen[edit]

Volkswagen announced a $100 million investment in QuantumScape, a solid-state battery startup that spun out of Stanford.[33]

Alternatives[edit]

There have been efforts in researching hybrid battery technologies that utilize solid and liquid electrolytes together. One such battery was unveiled in 2015.[34] Samsung SDI and LG Chem are also reportedly developing hybrid batteries.[35]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Vandervell, Andy (26 September 2017). "What is a solid-state battery? The benefits explained". Wired UK. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
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  13. ^ See glass battery for further details on a battery design that utilizes glass electrolytes
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