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SOLID STATE BATTERIES

3rd January, 2022 Science and Technology

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Context

  • Shareholders of California-based QuantumScape Corp, have approved a multibillion-dollar pay package for Chief Executive Officer Jagdeep Singh, subject to the company meeting some performance milestones.

About

  • A solid-state battery is a battery technology that uses solid electrodes and a solid electrolyte, instead of the liquid or polymer gel electrolytes found in lithium-ion or lithium polymer batteries.

Background

  • Between 1831 and 1834, Michael Faraday discovered the solid electrolytes silver sulfide and lead(II) fluoride, which laid the foundation for solid-state ionics.
  • While solid electrolytes were first discovered in the 19th century, several drawbacks, such as low energy densities, have prevented widespread application. 
  • Developments in the late 20th and early 21st century have caused renewed interest in solid-state battery technologies, especially in the context of electric vehicles, starting in the 2010s.

 

Advantages of solid state batteries

  • Solid-state batteries can provide potential solutions for many problems of liquid Li-ion battery, such as flammability, limited voltage, unstable solid-electrolyte interphase formation, poor cycling performance and strength.
  • The advantages of the solid-state battery technology include:
  1. higher cell energy density (by eliminating the carbon anode), 
  2. lower charge time (by eliminating the need to have lithium diffuse into the carbon particles in conventional lithium-ion cells), 
  3. ability to undertake more charging cycles and thereby a longer life, and 
  4. improved safety.

Materials used

  • Materials proposed for use as solid electrolytes in solid-state batteries include ceramics (e.g., oxides, sulfides, phosphates), and solid polymers. 

Uses

  • Solid-state batteries have found use in pacemakers, RFID and wearable devices. 
  • Challenges
  • They are potentially safer, with higher energy densities, but at a much higher cost.
  • Challenges to widespread adoption include energy and power density, durability, material costs,sensitivity and stability.

 

Final Thought

  • Solid-state batteries have numerous advantages over current batteries but many obstacles need to be overcome if they are to realise their full potential. 
  • Following this, we will see huge growth across various industries, not just electric vehicles and consumer electronics but also grid energy storage, medical devices and avionics

 

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