The Hydro-Québec research institute (IREQ) in Varennes, QC and Spain’s CIC Energigune are working on a solid state battery they hope will replace today’s lithium-ion chemistry.
The design uses a solid, non-flammable electrolyte and metallic lithium anode with a specially-treated surface, “which allows batteries to reach high energy densities without resorting to unsustainable elements, such as cobalt,” Cleantech Canada reports.
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Compared to the current electric vehicle range of 160 to 200 kilometres on a charge, “our technology will lead to batteries with a range of more than 350 kilometres,” said Hydro’s energy storage and conversion manager, Karim Zaghib. “It’s a mature, really powerful technology and it will be ready to bring to market very soon.”
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