2018-08-07 18:47:01 UTC
the CEO of Pellion Technologies, a Massachusetts-based startup,
believes his company has made the leap beyond lithium-ion that will
bring the battery industry to the next stage of technological
disruption. He and his colleagues have accomplished something
researchers have been struggling with for decades: theyve built a
reliable rechargeable lithium-metal battery.
Though other startups have for years made various claims about
lithium-metal batteries, none yet have gotten past the development or
testing phases; Pellion has already been selling their battery to at
least one buyer since February.
Pellions battery can pack nearly double the energy of a conventional
lithium-ion battery, making it able to, for example, double the time a
drone can spend in the air. That 100% increase in energy density is a
step change compared to the annual 10% or so improvement the battery
industry currently averages. If Pellion overcomes early limitations,
its batteries have the potential to power a Tesla car for 800 km (500
miles) on a single charge, rather than todays upper limits of 400 km.
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