Breakthrough Battery Technology is Claimed to be 30 Times More Powerful, Charges 1,000 Times Quicker


Battery “breakthroughs” seemingly occur around the clock in this day and age.

This month’s “breakthrough” is next month’s old news.

We use “breakthrough” loosely here because most of these claims are questionable and, oftentimes, end up being vaporware.

That may well be what’s going on here, but just in case this “breakthrough” results in a tidal shift, we present the claims to you: scientists have discovered a way to extract 30 times more power from lithium-ion batteries while simultaneously allowing them to charge 1,000 times faster.

Intrigued?  We aren’t.

Overnight “breakthroughs” don’t exist in the field of automotive battery technology and they certainly don’t change the world in a flash.

These Aren't the Ions King is Talking About

These Aren’t the Ions King is Talking About

Anyways, a team of researchers/scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, headed up by Professor William King, claim that a “microtechnology” breakthrough could forever change batteries as we know them.

King says their research has shown that microtechnology batteries could feasibly have so much power that a unit the size of a typical cell phone battery would be able to jumpstart an automobile.

What’s the secret you ask?  Well, according to King, it’s in “extreme miniaturization of the conventional elements of traditional batteries, the anode and the cathode.”

By assembling these components in a 3D microstructure, the researchers found “a new way to integrate the two components at the microscale to make a complete battery with superior performance.”

When will this miracle battery technology be in our hands?  Perhaps in 1 to 2 years says King.

Here we’ll close with one of the more radical statements from the research team:

“Imagine juicing up a credit-card-thin phone in less than a second.”

Yes…Imagine that.

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14 Comments on "Breakthrough Battery Technology is Claimed to be 30 Times More Powerful, Charges 1,000 Times Quicker"

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Nice ideas on paper…but I’m from Missouri (show me).

While I don’t hold out much hope for any particular technology, I do appreciate you sharing those that crop up. The more potential break-throughs we have, the more likely one of them will come to market.

If you research this latest breakthrough, the speed comes at a price: Long-term usability. Each charge depletes the total capacity by 5%! That’s the next hurdle…

“30 times more powerful” and can charge “1000 times quicker”? If that technology were just one tenth percent do-able (3 times more powerful and 100 times quicker to charge) I’d be a happy camper. And available in “1 to 2 years”? I’d still be happy if this technology arrived in 5 years. But none of that is going to happen.

If anyone’s interested in a battery “breakthrough” that may have legs, look up Amprius which uses the Nanowire Battery research out of Stanford that was announced back in 2007. Apparently small scale production has begun.

And this article gives some insight into the business challenges for battery tech going from lab experiments to market-ready products.

I don’t think that sounds too promising for EVs. They didn’t mention capacity at all. Power density is not really an issue currently, just look at the SLS AMG Electric Drive or Tesla. Faster charging would be nice, but so far its not really the battery technology itself that sets the limits, but the charging infrastructre as well as thermal issues. I assume 150 kW for a single Tesla supercharger can be quite challenging already for a charging station and not realistic for home use. They didn’t mention an improved charging efficiency, so that I have my doubts that you can even much faster than Teslas superchargers without running into serious heat problems while charging. Just assume 90% Efficiency with Tesla’s planned 150 kW chargers, that 15 kW loss, and thats already going to be a lot of heat.

“Imagine juicing up a credit-card-thin phone in less than a second.”
I can’t do that since I prefer capacity over charging time.

I would rather like to see the “breakthroughs” with energy density (by volume and mass).

Yes, but I wonder why the discharge rate would only go up a factor of 30 while the recharge rate would go up a factor of 1,000. They are usually much closer than that.

Is there a link to an article or paper somewhere?

EEStor… Less than a year away in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008……. 2013

Good point.

That’s why I only trust the impossible breakthroughs that are the standard “ten years away”. 😉

Rechargeable cells are older than the first steam engine and later electric automobiles. Even Thomas Edison developed his own chemistry and used them with several electric cars. I remember the first rechargeable devices using the well known Nickel-Cadmium (NiCads) cells.The arrival of more portable devices, such as the first laptops and personal music sources (radios and cassette tape players) brought the need for better rechargeable cells. Then the nickel-metal-hydride cells allowed the first cellphones to be pocket-sized.

And the last years of the 20th century brought the first cells using lithium instead of heavy metals. This allowed better devices with less weight but more capacity. Now we expect a new technology that increased power density WH per weight) so we can carry more power in out devices and allow the electric vehicles to compete against the combustion engine vehicles.

I’ve been watching battery breakthroughs since Stanford had the silicon nanotube breakthrough back in 2007. There’s lots of money and research being thrown at the problem by government and big business. The frustrating thing is, everyone knows that if you could only make a lithium ion battery with a silicon anode instead of carbon, you’d have 10 times the energy density. EVERYONE is trying to find ways to do it. Rice university is researching pitting silicon with frickin’ lasers, Berkeley is trying polymer binders, etc.. I have an extrememly boring blog, halsbatteryblog, on wordpress where I collect breakthrough articles like this one. If you’re ever up late and need something to put you to sleep, look it up.

Thanks for the link Hal, someone had to do it! The fact that you keep surfing for the breakthrough shows that you are hopeful. A battery breakthrough will certainly change the current projection and with the investments made toward research I believe it is just a matter of time. Even with the current chemistry the industry is moving forward and will move at a fairly predictable rate. For those of us who watch daily it is kinda like watching grass grow. If you ever felt like condensing your searches in to an article I am certain that InsideEVs would post it. Good stuff.

This seems to be a breakthrough in battery breakthrough graphics. If only every battery research team spent a little added effort on the graphics front, we’d all be glued to battery breakthrough announcements I think. Anyway, back to pinterest.

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