Interesting, thanks for the post. Its not "70% of the current price
", its up to a 70% reduction in price (30% of the current price
), made in the U.S.
evwind wrote:California Lithium Battery Inc. (CalBattery) announced at last week’s Department of Energy’s ARPA-e Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C. that they have entered into a Work for Others (WFO) agreement with Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to commercialize a breakthrough low cost “GEN3” lithium battery. This new transformational battery will offer the highest energy density and longest cycle life of any lithium battery made today. CalBattery believes that it will be able manufacture this GEN3 lithium-ion battery in the US at a comparable cost reduction up to 70%.
...“Incredibly, some energy storage systems providers and independent power producers today are using hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of small cylindrical cell batteries in massive utility-scale storage systems. This approach is simply too costly and not viable. Large storage must be built from large batteries, not small batteries originally designed for powered hand tools. Our VLF battery has a clear performance and cost advantage in providing the massive currents needed with the minimum materials and battery management components, resulting in a more affordable lithium-ion battery for wide-scale use.”...
...This novel “GEN3” lithium-ion battery will combine Argonne’s silicon-graphene battery anode process with other advanced battery materials into the lowest lifecycle cost per watt lithium-ion battery ideally suited for energy storage and EV applications. The key technology advancement is CalBattery will become the first US battery manufacturer to be able to successfully use silicon in its battery anode. Silicon which has the ability to absorb lithium by a factor of 10X has until now not yet proven to be stable enough for battery anode use. While much research today is focused on ways to improve silicon stability, ANL tests indicate this newly patented process that embeds nano-silicon into graphene through a novel chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process will dramatically improve silicon stability by protecting the silicon material as it charges and discharges, extending battery cycle life by 3X....
clbattery.com wrote:California Lithium Battery (“CalBattery”) Inc. has teamed up with Argonne National Laboratory to rapidly commercialize and produce in the US a breakthrough low cost graphene large format prismatic battery for grid energy storage and EVs.
The Company is a joint venture between California based CALiB Power and Ionex Energy Storage Systems. The JV owns exclusive and non-exclusive rights from Argonne National Laboratory for all applications to a newly patented “Game Changing” silicon embedded in graphene vapor deposition process. Preliminary tests indicate that this new material will substantially improve the performance of lithium battery anodes by a factor of 3X.
This new “GEN3” composite battery technology could become a disruptive technology by effectively lowering Li-ion battery life cycle cost up to 70%.
Current plans are to have this GEN3 battery in limited production in the US in 2014.
What?! 3x the cycles at as little as 30% of the cost sounds like the same price to me (3 x 30 = 90%). In 2014, sounds familiar.