Are Batteries The Missing Part In Creating A Better Future?
Making the field of energy storage accessible to everyone is important because energy, by default, is a community resource. Energy storage remains a technological and environmental endeavour and the world needs batteries today more than ever.
The revolution of electrification and a better cleaner world is already happening.
The automotive industry - the biggest source of air pollution, is rapidly moving to electric cars, powered by improvement in battery technologies. It’s no secret that in a few years from now - we'll see more and more electric cars on the road, and as a result - air pollution will dramatically improve, especially in high-dense populated areas.
In parallel to the electrification of the transit sector, is the cleaning of the grid’s energy, leading the road to 100% renewable energy production. In just a few years from now, the world will dramatically increase the generation of energy from solar panels, wind turbines, and other renewable energy sources. The greatest bottleneck to that transition, just as in the case of Electric Vehicles, is battery technology.. Batteries are the key to producing 100% renewable energy and creating a sustainable planet.
The Main Challenge of the Battery Industry
The main vulnerability with high deployment of solar panels is intermittency: that solar generates electricity in the day, but that may not be when the most electricity is demanded from the grid. The modern grid has been built to immediately generate electricity as demand comes on line, that will not work in an age of solar and wind. ..
Energy storage, through low-cost and efficient batteries, will change the grid and accelerate the deployment of renewables.. If batteries are used for storing electricity generated from the sun and wind, we’ll then be able to store and deploy enough supply to meet the demand. This has not been possible until now, due to the fact that solar farms have been designed to connect directly to the electricity grid which significantly limits the ability to control supply and demand and it is also not capable of storing large amounts of electricity.
Batteries are the key enabler for this important revolution, but the batteries of today won't be enough. To truly accelerate this transition we need to develop better and safer batteries, at high volumes and at lower costs.
Adding the price of the batteries to the equation changes the game. Today, the manufacturing of batteries is relatively expensive. This is especially the case when it comes to industries that require large amounts of batteries, like automotive and energy storage. Take EVs for example, one electric vehicle requires thousands of battery cells. Tesla’s Model S requires above 7000 battery cells. EV manufacturers are highly dependent on the cost-effectiveness of the battery they use, as it can obtain up to 30-50% of the vehicle cost.
EV manufacturers have set a targeted price of $100 per kWh by 2023. The same target price is expected for the energy storage industry as well.
What Will Enable Battery Prices To Drop?
In order for the desired sustainable future we strive for to come into reach, we need better batteries, a lot more of them and at lower costs. Battery costs will go down when battery production technology along with mass production capabilities become widespread.
Today, battery factories are already “fully booked” for the next 5-6 years. There is an extreme shortage of supply that will only intensify in the coming years. Companies and governments already understand that and are establishing dozens of new battery factories all around the globe.
The Missing Elements in Battery Innovation Today
Battery innovation has to come in many ways. The vast majority of companies in this domain are focused on battery chemistry. While chemistry is obviously a critical area of focus, to achieve the industry goals and reach a 100% clean energy future, we need to focus on other areas just as much. Domains where innovation is needed, include new manufacturing processes, digitalization, artificial intelligence, and finally, battery cell architecture, which hasn’t been changed in the last 30 years and has a significant impact on battery performance.
3D Battery Architecture is the Future of Energy Storage
3D cell architecture is a technology that will accelerate in the coming years and it will disrupt the battery industry. Utilizing 3D battery structures is not a new idea: there have been many papers and reports about its potential. However, the key factor that was missing in order to complete the smart 3D structure revolution is cost-effectiveness and scalable manufacturing processes. Only after a low cost and scalable approach has been proven, can 3D battery structures be utilized at scale. This is exactly the core IP of Addioincs.
The Addionics Revolution
Addionics develops smart 3D electrodes that improve battery performance dramatically. The manufacturing process coupled with a unique artificial intelligence algorithm determines the best architecture per application in order to produce the most efficient smart 3D electrodes.
The3D porous structure of electrodes enables higher loading of active material which improves energy density. All while presenting significantly lower internal resistance which allows for faster charging time, better heat dissipation, and improved safety. These performance improvements can be achieved at current market prices, or even lower when produced at high volumes.
One great benefit of 3D technology is that it's agnostic to chemistry, meaning it can be applied to all existing battery types and improve any kind of battery in the world. The impact can be endless.
Addionics 3D Technology is Accelerating Electrification
3D electrodes and new battery structures are essential for the industry's development as a whole. New and improved battery structures will exponentially accelerate innovation and rapid growth of the technologies that build our environmentally safe tomorrow. Better batteries are the key for a more sustainable planet, and Addionics intend to stand in the front of this revolution.
Learn more in our white paper on How New Battery Design is Transforming the Battery Industry.