LOUISVILLE, Colo. – A Colorado firm is aiming to construct safer, extra environment friendly batteries for the subsequent era of electrical automobiles.
Louisville-based mostly Strong Energy, which obtained its begin on the College of Colorado, is engaged on creating state-of-the-artwork strong state rechargeable batteries that use a strong ion-conducting materials as an alternative of the normal liquid that’s present in lithium-ion batteries at present in use.
Strong Energy co-founder and CEO Doug Campbell stated an enormous benefit of strong state batteries is a rise in power density – which means extra energy packed into the identical measurement battery. Campbell stated strong state batteries can produce one hundred fifty to 200 % extra power than even the perfect lithium-ion batteries at present obtainable, and meaning extra driving time on a single cost.
“Your car would primarily have twice the vary,” he stated.
One other benefit is stability: “There are lot of security considerations for lithium-ion,” Campbell stated.
As demonstrated with the Samsung Galaxy Notice 7 smartphone points and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner battery issues, the liquid contained in lithium-ion batteries might be risky and poses a danger of explosion or hearth if broken or overheated.
With a strong state battery, the liquid is changed with a strong materials that’s far more secure and fewer flammable. Campbell stated testing has confirmed that strong state batteries can take numerous abuse with out posing a security danger.
Campbell stated Strong Energy is working with a number of auto producers with a objective of releasing merchandise inside the subsequent 5 to 10 years.
With the electrical car market shortly rising – Volvo will not make gasoline-solely automobiles after 2019, for instance – Campbell stated there’s an enormous space of alternative for Colorado tech corporations.
“The influence is simply big,” Campbell stated. “The emergence of corporations like Strong Energy might change that [tech] panorama right here in Colorado.”