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Emerging Battery Technologies


As the world seeks more efficient and sustainable ways to power our devices, vehicles, and industries, researchers are developing various battery alternatives that have the potential to surpass the capabilities of traditional lithium-ion batteries.

One of the more promising areas of exploration is solid-state batteries, which replace the liquid or gel electrolytes in conventional lithium-ion batteries with solid alternatives. Solid-state batteries have several potential advantages, including higher energy density, longer battery life, and improved safety. By eliminating the flammable electrolytes in lithium-ion batteries, solid-state batteries could lower the risk of thermal runaway events, making them safer for use in electric vehicles and other applications.

Another exciting development in energy storage is metal–air batteries, which use oxygen from the air as one of their key reactants, significantly increasing their energy density compared to traditional lithium-ion batteries. One prominent example is the lithium–air battery, which has the potential to store 10 times more energy by weight than the lithium-ion battery. However, challenges such as limited cycle life and poor efficiency have prevented the widespread adoption of metal–air batteries. Researchers continue to explore ways to overcome these obstacles and unlock the full potential of this promising technology.

 

Graphene-based batteries are a third area of innovation in energy storage. Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a two-dimensional honeycomb lattice, demonstrates excellent electrical conductivity and mechanical strength. When incorporated into battery electrodes, graphene batteries improve energy storage capacity, charge and discharge rates, and overall battery performance. These batteries could revolutionize industries such as consumer electronics and renewable energy storage by offering lighter, more efficient, and longer-lasting power sources.

Supercapacitors, also known as ultracapacitors, are another potential alternative to traditional lithium batteries. Supercapacitors store energy electrostatically instead of via chemical reactions, allowing rapid charge and discharge rates. While supercapacitors typically have lower energy density than conventional batteries, they excel in applications requiring high power output and fast charging, such as regenerative braking in electric vehicles and grid-level energy storage. Researchers are investigating advanced materials and hybrid battery designs that improve the energy density of supercapacitors and expand their range of applications.

In addition to these emerging technologies, researchers are exploring new battery chemistries beyond lithium. These include sodium-ion batteries, which utilize sodium ions instead of lithium ions to store and release energy. Sodium-ion batteries have several potential advantages, including lower costs and a greater abundance of sodium minerals than lithium. Sodium-ion batteries currently lag behind lithium-ion batteries in energy density and cycle life, but ongoing research aims to address these issues and commercialize sodium-ion technology for various applications.

Solid-state batteries, metal–air batteries, graphene-based batteries, supercapacitors, and alternative battery chemistries are only a handful of examples of exciting new developments in energy storage. As researchers continue to innovate, the future of battery technology holds immense promise for powering a more sustainable and electrified world. ChemPoint is partnered with multiple chemical manufacturers who provide material and product solutions for emerging battery technologies. We are committed to fueling the innovations of tomorrow. Contact us today to learn more and speak with a technical specialist.

Henkel Coating Solutions

Henkel offers a range of adhesives, sealants, and coatings that accelerate the efficiency, reliability, battery life, and safety of lithium-ion and emerging batteries. Learn more

Chevron High Purity Solvents 

Chevron Phillips Chemical manufactures a range of high-purity organic solvents, notably sulfolane, which has potential application in solid-state and other emerging batteries. Learn more

IFF Plant-Based Binders

IFF offers cellulose-based binders used in anodes and technical ceramics in future-focused battery constructions. Learn more

Microthene® Binding Agents

Microthene® microfine polyolefin powders act as binding agents for batteries by forming a cohesive matrix and adhering to active electrode materials, conductive additives, and other components. Learn more

Antioxidants and Coupling Agents

SI Group offers a wide range of primary and secondary antioxidants compatible in battery-casing protection, as well as POLYBOND™ coupling agents that increase mechanical properties in incompatible filler materials. Learn more

Viton™ Fluoroelastomers 

Viton™ demonstrates high resistance and compatibility when exposed to an array of electrolytes used in battery manufacturing and is incorporated into seals to prevent leakage and gas release. Learn more

Momentive Silicone Elastomers

Momentive silicone elastomers are key components in energy storage systems, such as gaskets and separators, that enhance thermal stability, flexibility, dielectric prowess, puncture resistance, and overall battery performance and safety. Learn more

Citroflex™ Citric Acid Esters

Aurorium Citroflex™ citric acid esters are plasticizer additives in battery electrolyte mixtures. Learn more

PARALOID™ Impact Modifiers

Dow PARALOID™ impact modifiers and processing aids improve the impact strength, flow control, and weatherability of battery casings that range from composites to engineering resins to blends. Learn more

MOLYKOTE® Compounds

The high-performance compounds from MOLYKOTE® provide a range of benefits for battery manufacturing and assembly. These silicone-based products provide dielectric stability, noise dampening, and insulating properties for long-term protection. Read our Case Study Here.
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Krytox™ Greases 

Krytox™ greases are premium, synthetic PFPE-based solutions that provide nonflammable protection and lubrication-for-life potential for enclosed components. These greases can help with inert sealing and reduce noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH). Learn more

Livent Lithium Hydroxide

Livent is a leading global producer of lithium monohydrate, a precursor in the production of important battery materials. Learn more

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