... andNew research from the University of California San Diego has found one of the causes of voltage fade in lithium-rich layered oxides (LRLO). LRLO is a promising candidate as a cathode material as it can provide 50% more capacity than current alternatives. However, voltage fade reduces the energy capacity of this material over time. UC San Diego’s research has shown that the phenomenon in LRLO, NMC specifically, is reversible and that there are several ways to mitigate its effects.
The researchers identified nanoscale defects or dislocations in Lithium-rich NMC cathode materials as the batteries charged at a range of voltages going up to 4.7 volts. “The dislocations are extra atomic layers that don’t fit into the otherwise perfectly periodic crystal structure,” said lead author Andrej Singer. “Discovering these dislocations was a big surprise: if anything, we expected the extra atomic layers to occur in a completely different orientation.” By combining experimental evidence with theory, the team concluded that the nucleation of this specific type of dislocation results in voltage fade.
The data showed that these defects are more common in LRLO compared to standard layered oxides, with no new defects occurring above 4.2 V in non-lithium-rich NMC materials. Researchers were able to peer inside each nanoparticle through the use of Argonne National Lab’s Bragg coherent diffractive imaging technique. Based on their observations, the team found that heat-treating the cathode materials removed most defects and restored their original voltages.
“Our paper is mainly about unlocking the mystery of the dislocations that cause voltage fade in Lithium-rich NMCs. We don’t have a scalable solution yet to solving the voltage fade problem in Lithium-rich NMCs, but we are making progress,” says co-author Professor Shirley Meng.
Fellow author Minghao Zhang states,“Our work for the first time clearly demonstrates that defect generation and defect accumulation in the structure of Lithium-rich NMC materials are the origins of voltage fade. Based on this explanation, we designed a heat treatment regime and then showed that the heat treatments removed the defects in the bulk structure and restored the battery output voltage.”
from the University of California San Diego team:Nucleation of dislocations and their dynamics in layered oxide cathode materials during battery charging
https://www.gla.ac.uk/news/headline_601603_en.htmlScottish scientists have developed a liquid battery which could charge electric cars in seconds.
A team at the University of Glasgow has created a prototype system that could revolutionise travel.
The technology uses a metal oxide - described by researchers as an "exotic rust" - that can be charged with electricity when added to water.
Drivers would use filling stations to refuel their electric cars, driving away instantly once a battery is full.
Yes, it's fiction today, but tomorrow you can order the real thing via Amazon prime. For example,
The irony is that the breakthroughs in alternative energy storage or power sources will more than likely come from the automotive industry or the Saudi's.LockH wrote: ↑Aug 16, 2018 6:44 pm^^ Hehe... Forgive me, however if adding anything online I try and add some context/etc to provide more... context... to any URL given, a little more than Right underneath our very noses!? ... and I thought this thread here was more about high(er) capacity and long(er) cycle life?
Doc. Bass's first post in this thread VERY EXTREME HIGH POWER li-ion battery for HEV
("and 500 000 cycles shallow cycle")
Anyway... Wasn't saying I didn't believe you... JUST hoped to add a bit more context to save folks from clicking on a link it turns out they have absolutely zero interest in. (Like, I haven't owned or operated any automobile for decades. Went 21st-century and urban, and have zero interest in wasting money... or threatening anything with a weapon of mass destruction.)
In a press release, the company listed a bunch of advantages that they claim their technology has over current batteries:
2 – 3X higher energy vs. current lithium-ion
Substantially improved safety due to the elimination of the volatile, flammable, and corrosive liquid electrolyte as used in lithium-ion
Low-cost battery-pack designs through:
Minimization of safety features
Elimination of pack cooling
Greatly simplified cell, module, and pack designs through the elimination of the need for liquid containment
High manufacturability due to compatibility with automated, industry-standard, roll-to-roll production
Solid Power said that it plans to use the funds from its Series A investment to “scale-up production via a multi-MWh roll-to-roll facility, which will be fully constructed and installed by the end of 2018 and fully operational in 2019.”