Solid State Update: Chinese Company Has Massive Breakthrough
When we think of the future for battery technology, solid-state seems like a pipe dream. Even with Toyota making as much headway with their promise on it, nothing is on the market right now that uses the famed "savior of EV" technology.
One of the ongoing problems with solid-state is the cost of production coupled with the longevity. Even with breakthroughs from Samsung that utilize a special lining to increase battery life, we still do not see this battery tech being used. But after recent news from the University of Science and Technology of China, all that could change, and fast.
What Is The Breakthrough?
New material was developed called lithium zirconium chloride. The benefits of this material are cost, performance, and stability. All of the significant issues with solid-state come from these three factors.
The batteries have gone through several types of experimentation, including materials, electrolytes, and cathodes. The most significant hurdle is the cost of production.
Currently, solid-state battery production costs $23.05/m², and with this new material, that cost per square meter would be lowered to $1.38m². This is revolutionary for bringing this technology to market.
Other Notable Mentions
Zirconium is one of the materials used in this new solid-state battery. The material is found in abundance, which helps with cost-effective production and scalability.
While we do not see solid-state battery tech in full swing, I believe these massive breakthroughs will allow us to get there faster. More people are seeing the help that solid-state will provide in the transition to an EV dominant future.
Costs are always a concern and longevity, but if this university in China says they have solved the problem, we need to put it to the test.
I would love to see solid-state batteries be available for new cars and older hybrids that need new batteries. This would help offset the carbon footprint we currently make with lithium-ion and other lithium-type products that use cobalt.
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